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Iranian diplomat: Trump 'widening the mistrust' with decision on nuclear deal

Iranian diplomat: Trump 'widening the mistrust' with decision on nuclear deal
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Iranian Foreign minister Javad Zarif said in an interview broadcast Sunday that President Trump is "widening" the mistrust between the global community and the U.S. 

His comments come after Trump last week said the nuclear deal with Tehran is not in the national security interest of the United States. Trump stopped short of withdrawing from the Obama-era pact, however.

"None of us ever trusted the United States. This deal was not based on trust. It was based on mutual mistrust," Zarif said on CBS's "Face The Nation."

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"And I think that was the strength of this deal. It's not something bad about the deal. It's the strength of the deal."

Zarif said Trump is "widening the mistrust" between Tehran and Washington and between the global community and the U.S.

"The U.S. is no longer not just unpredictable but unreliable," he said

Zarif also said he didn't hear from Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonWhite House ousts Sessions Trump downplays potential turnover: 'Everybody wants to work in this White House' Trump says Cabinet changes likely after midterms MORE ahead of Trump's announcement, adding he "didn't expect" Tillerson to call him with a heads up about the decision.

"There's not much courtesy left in the way the United States treats the rest of the world," Zarif said.

During his speech last week, Trump also alleged Tehran had violated the spirit of the agreement, which sought to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

He stopped short of withdrawing from the deal and instead charged Congress with determining the next steps.

He said lawmakers should set "trigger points" that, if crossed by Iran, would lead to the reimposition of sanctions lifted under the agreement.