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Trump-Kim Summit

Iran warns North Korea the U.S. has a habit of 'quitting treaties and violating their commitments'

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepares to meet one-on-one with President Trump, Iran has a warning: The United States cannot be trusted.

Freshly burned by Trump's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran advised Kim to enter Tuesday's negotiations with an "awareness" of the American habit of "quitting treaties and violating their commitments." Monday's comments from Iranian Foreign Ministry representative Bahram Ghasemi also professed "great pessimism" about Trump's ability to reach and maintain a mutually beneficial denuclearization agreement.

This is not the first time Iran has issued this sort of caution. Before Trump announced his JCPOA exit, Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said such a move would "make it tougher for anybody to believe and rely upon the United States — anybody, not just North Korea. You've seen U.S. allies saying that the United States is not a reliable partner." Read The Week's Ryan Cooper here on why Zarif just might be right.