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 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.
There are few issues more important to the security of the US than the potential spread of nuclear weapons or the potential for even more destructive war in the Middle East. Today’s decision to put the JCPOA at risk is a serious mistake. My full statement: https://t.co/4oTdXESbxe— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 8, 2018
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.