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Trump adviser: He'll demand changes to Iran deal

One of Donald Trump's foreign policy advisers says the President-elect is going to demand changes to the Iran nuclear agreement, CNNreported Thursday.

The comments by Walid Phares are somewhat in line with Trump’s promise during the election campaign to “rip up” the Iran nuclear agreement, which he described as “disastrous” and one of the worst agreements ever negotiated.

Speaking to BBC radio on Thursday, Phares clarified that while Trump might not actually rip up the agreement, he would act to change it.

"Ripping up is maybe a too strong of word, he's gonna take that agreement, it's been done before in international context, and then review it," the adviser said.

"He will take the agreement, review it, send it to Congress, demand from the Iranians to restore few issues or change few issues, and there will be a discussion. It could be a tense discussion but the agreement as is right now -- $750 billion to the Iranian regime without receiving much in return and increasing intervention in four countries -- that is not going to be accepted by a Trump administration," added Phares.

Iranian officials have downplayed Trump’s threats to annul the nuclear deal.

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in June said the nuclear deal can't be renegotiated despite Trump's pledge to do so if elected. READ MORE