Iranian MP: Trump’s Approach on Nuclear Deal ‘Persuades’ North Korea to Lash Out

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Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP / AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

Following President Trump’s refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal, a senior Iranian leader claimed that “U.S. behavior” triggers the extreme, belligerent behavior of North Korea, as America is “not trustworthy.”

“The US president showed by his remarks again that the US government is not trustworthy and the US behavior towards the nuclear deal persuades views of countries like North Korea,” Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Yousef Bayazid in Tehran on Monday, according to Iran’s state-run Fars News agency.

North Korea says it has a hydrogen bomb.

The United States is still in the agreement, and Congress now has 60 days to decide whether to activate a snapback and reimpose economic sanctions on Iran that were lifted by the Obama administration.

Boroujerdi reportedly “added that Tehran and Ankara play an important role in strengthening unity in the Muslim world to fight against enemies’ plots.”

Iran, a Shiite majority nation, and Turkey, a Sunni majority nation, have an at-times turbulent relationship. This year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly accused Iran of trying to split Iraq and Syria by resorting to “Persian nationalism,” and Erdogan’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reportedly criticized what he called Iran’s “sectarian policy” aimed at undermining Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

In a separate meeting with Paris Special Envoy to Syria Franck Gellet in Tehran on Monday, Boroujerdi reportedly said, “If the US Congress decides to violate and abrogates the nuclear deal and its undertakings, the Islamic Republic of Iran will have no motivation to continue the path.”

This message was reinforced by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati, whom Fars News reported as saying, “The nuclear deal will not be renegotiated at all and we will not hold renegotiations.”

The European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini expressed the EU’s commitment to the agreement with the Iranian regime by stating, “To my knowledge, there is no single country in the world that can terminate a UN Security Council’s resolution that has been adopted, and adopted unanimously, and implemented, and verified.” She reportedly added, “The president of the United States has many powers [but], not this one,” and said, “We cannot afford as an international community, as Europe for sure, to dismantle an agreement that is working and delivering.”

On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the U.N. Security Council to adopt the Trump administration’s comprehensive and parallel approach to Iran and asked the body to address all aspects of the Islamic regime’s “destructive conduct.”

Haley said, “the regime continues to play this council.” She added, “Iran hides behind its assertion of technical compliance with the nuclear deal while it brazenly violates the other limits of its behavior, and we have allowed them to get away with it. This must stop.”

Adelle Nazarian is a politics and national security reporter for Breitbart News. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


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