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Iran has potential to be next N. Korea - Tillerson   

Kuwait News Agency - 20 April, 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Wednesday that Iran, if left "unchecked," could be the next North Korea.

A comprehensive Iran policy requires addressing "all of the threats posed by Iran," he said while Trump administration is conducting an entire review of this policy.

Iran "is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining US interests," Tillerson stated.

"An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and take the world along with it.

"A comprehensive Iran policy requires that we address all of the threats posed by Iran and it is clear there are many," he affirmed.

"Iran continues to support the brutal Assad regime in Syria, prolonging a conflict that has killed approximately half-a-million Syrians and displaced millions more. "Iran supports the Assad regime even as it commits atrocities against its own people, including with chemical weapons," he noted.

He added that Iran "spends its treasure and time disrupting peace. Iran continues to have one of the world's worst human rights records -- Iran arbitrarily detains foreigners, including US citizens, on false charges. Several US citizens remain missing or unjustly imprisoned in Iran." "Apart from the abuses inside Iran's own borders, it is the threat it poses to the rest of the world," he stressed.

The US top diplomat stressed that Iran's nuclear "ambitions are a grave risk to international peace and security. It is their habit and posture to use whatever resources they have available to unsettle people and nations." Tillerson indicated that with Iran's latest test of a medium-range ballistic missile, its continued development and proliferation of missile technology "is in defiance of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231." "The evidence is clear: Iran's provocative actions threaten the United States, the region and the world.

"Once we have finalized our conclusions, we will meet the challenges Iran poses with clarity and conviction," he added.
 
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