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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Barack Obama: Iran nuclear deal pullout a serious mistake

Mr Obama said the deal remains a model for what diplomacy can accomplish

Former US president Barack Obama
Former US president Barack Obama

By Associated Press Reporters

Former US president Barack Obama has called Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal a “serious mistake” that will erode America’s global credibility.

Mr Obama’s administration brokered the deal. He said Mr Trump’s decision to withdraw is “misguided,” especially because Iran has been complying.

Mr Obama also warned: “The consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.”

Mr Obama said that without the deal, the US “could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East”.

He said the deal remains a model for what diplomacy can accomplish, including when it comes to North Korea.

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