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LONDON (Reuters) – Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has said it would be the “height of folly” for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to tear up Washington’s deal with Tehran because it would make it more likely that Iran and others would acquire nuclear weapons.

“It could lead to a weapons program inside of Iran that could lead other states in the region to embark on their own programs,” Brennan said in an interview with the BBC aired on Wednesday.

“So I think it would be the height of folly if the next administration were to tear up that agreement.”

Brennan also said that in dealing with the Syrian crisis, Trump should be cautious in trying to work with Russia.

“I hope there is going to be an improvement in relations between Washington and Moscow,” he said.

“President-elect Trump and the new administration need to be wary of Russian promises. Russian promises in my mind have not given us what it is that they have pledged.”

(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and Kate Holton; Editing by William Schomberg)

IMAGE: CIA Director John Brennan testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on “diverse mission requirements in support of our National Security”, in Washington, U.S., June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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