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US PRESIDENT Donald Trump made the world a more dangerous place by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, former atomic adviser Mohamed el-Baradei warned today
Former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mr el-Baradei called the decision to withdraw from the agreement “a tantrum and an act of bravado” by Mr Trump.
He warned that the world was “clearly a much more dangerous place” following the decision, which has been condemned by world leaders and peace organisations.
Mr Trump has long threatened to pull the US out of a nuclear deal with Iran, which was agreed in 2015 after lengthy negotiations with the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.
Under the joint plan, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear programme, allowing international inspectors access to its sites in return for the lifting of harsh economic sanctions.
In a televised address to the nation Mr Trump confirmed the anticipated decision, saying the Iran deal was “defective at its core,” with the world’s “leading sponsor of state terrorism” able to develop nuclear weapons within weeks.
He called it “a horrible, one-sided deal that should have never ever been made. It didn’t bring calm. It didn’t bring peace and it never will.”
However his comments were criticised as “silly, superficial” and “filled with lies” by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamanei.
“He had maybe more than 10 lies in his comments. He threatened the regime and the people, saying you’re doing this and that. Mr Trump, I tell you on behalf of the Iranian people, you’ve made a mistake.”
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani confirmed discussions would be held with the European countries, China and Russia in an attempt to keep the deal in place after the EU promised it would not re-impose sanctions.
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