Tillerson: Iran’s nuclear quest a ‘grave risk’ to global security

 | Eric Cortellessa 04/20/2017 9:25 AM MDT

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned against an “unchecked Iran” Wednesday, which he said could “follow the same path as North Korea” in pursuing nuclear weapons and putting global security at risk.

“Iran’s nuclear ambitions are a grave risk to international peace and security,” Tillerson said in brief remarks from the State Department Treaty Room about the administration’s interagency review of the Iran nuclear deal forged by former US president Barack Obama and world powers in July 2015.

The US secretary also branded the Iran nuclear deal a failure, arguing the accord had just been a way of “buying off” the regime and would only delay its development of a nuclear weapon that could threaten its region and the world.

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