Press TV- Former US president Jimmy Carter says President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear agreement is a “serious mistake,” and perhaps his “worst” one so far.
This “may be the worst mistake Trump has made so far,” Carter said in an interview with the CNN.
On Tuesday, Trump declared that his country is pulling out of the Iran deal, saying Washington will not only reinstate the anti-Iran sanctions lifted as part of the deal, but will also “be instituting the highest level of economic” bans against the Islamic Republic.
Under the the deal, reached under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
“When a president signs an agreement, it should be binding on all his successors, unless the situation changes dramatically and it hasn’t changed,” Carter said.
He also said that abandoning the nuclear agreement with Iran, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), could complicate the ongoing negotiations with North Korea.
“Unfortunately, I think it signals a message to North Korea that if the United States signs an agreement, it may or may not be honored,” said Carter.
The JCPOA is the outcome of years of negotiations between Iran on one side and six world powers, namely the US, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain, on the other, in July 2015.
Other signatories to the deal, as well as the United Nations and the EU had warned Washington against any bid to sabotage it. They call the JCPOA a pillar of regional and international peace and stability, and reiterate the multilateral pact cannot be simply terminated by a single party.