Obama marks Iran deal anniversary with warning to Trump

US President Barack Obama is marking the first anniversary of the historic nuclear agreement with Iran by warning the incoming Donald Trump administration not to undermine the internationally-negotiated accord.

“The United States must remember that this agreement was the result of years of work, and represents an agreement between the world’s major powers — not simply the United States and Iran,” Obama said in a statement on Monday.

The outgoing president said the nuclear agreement “must be measured against the alternatives,” and that it was preferable to another war in the Middle East.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the US, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany – signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015 following months of intense negotiations. The two sides started implementing the deal on January 16 last year.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange…

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