John Kerry warns incoming Trump administration against scraping Iran nuclear deal
Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned the incoming Donald Trump administration against upending the Iran nuclear deal.
Speaking at an event at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, Kerry said that ‘such move can cause conflict and damage US credibility’.
Kerry further said that he was ‘absolutely confident’ that Tehran's route to building a nuclear weapon has been blocked after the implementation of the deal reached in 2015.
"Now, if that were just arbitrarily undone, we are going back to a place of conflict almost immediately. We'll also reduce our credibility in the world, because I suspect the Russians and the Chinese and the French and the Germans and the British will just continue the deal," he said.
"Then you're right back where you were, where we had pressures on us to go bomb Iran. Believe me, there were pressures. So it doesn't make sense, and I believe reason will win out," he added.
Kerry’s reaction holds significance as President-elect Donald Trump had repeatedly criticised the Iran nuclear deal during his campaign last year, calling it ‘the worst deal ever negotiated’.
With IANS Inputs