The Iranian defense minister has warned that Donald Trump could trigger a world war and the 'destruction' of Israel and small Gulf Arab states if he provokes the Middle Eastern power.
Trump's election victory has raised the prospect the US will pull out of the nuclear pact signed by Barack Obama last year.
During his campaign, Trump was strongly critical of the agreement that saw Iran agree to limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions on its oil industry and finances.
In September 2015, the billionaire told a crowd: 'Any commander-in-chief worthy of defending this nation should be prepared to stand up on 20 January 2017 [inauguration day] and rip to shreds this catastrophic deal.'
He also called the deal a 'disaster' and 'the worst deal ever negotiated'.
This has led to panic among US allies in the Gulf, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan has claimed. READ MORE