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Nuclear race: U.S. likens “an unchecked Iran” to N. Korea

Apr 20, 2017, 8:12 AM EDT
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
(Source: Jim Mattis/flickr)

Announcing a review of U.S. policy towards Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said that Tehran’s ongoing provocations pose serious threat to the stability of the Middle East and American interests in the region.

While admitting Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, Tillerson said “an unchecked Iran” could be on North Korea’s footsteps, alluding to the Asian state’s relentless expansion of its nuclear and missile capabilities, writes Reuters.

Tillerson accused Iran of sponsoring terrorism and stoking multiple conflicts, including the Syrian war, notes the BBC. In contrast to the Obama administration, which narrowed down its focus only on nuclear disarmament of Iran, Tillerson called for a comprehensive look at all the security challenges posed by Tehran.