One of President-elect Donald Trump’s promises on the campaign trail was that once he got in the White House, he would go about dismantling the Iran nuclear deal.
Based on one of his first administration choices, it would appear he is looking to keep that pledge. Trump has tapped Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) to take over the CIA, replacing current head John Brennan. Pompeo has already declared that he looks “forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”
However, the outgoing CIA chief feels this would be a very bad idea and is making his objections known. In an interview with BBC, Brennan explained why he feels it is imperative to keep the accord in place.
“I think it would be disastrous,” Mr Brennan told the BBC. “First of all, for one administration to tear up an agreement that a previous administration made would be unprecedented.”
He said such a move would risk strengthening hardliners in Iran and risk other states pursuing nuclear programmes in response to a renewed Iranian effort. “I think it would be the height of folly if the next administration were to tear up that agreement,” he said.
The deal made in 2015 was between Iran and six other countries, including the United States. The agreement was that Iran would be restricted from certain nuclear activities and actions, and in return, economic sanctions would be lifted.
In the interview, which BBC hyped as the first by a British media outlet with a CIA director, Brennan also discussed the difficulties in Syria, continuing concerns with ISIS and confirmation that Russia tried to influence the election via hacking and releasing info.
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