Foreign Minister Winston Peters says Donald Trump’s decision to pull the USA out of the Iran nuclear deal is a “worrying” development but he hasn’t given up hope that a better deal could be worked out.
Speaking TVNZ 1 Breakfast host Jack Tame this morning, Mr Peters said President Trump’s decision increased anxiety across the globe but he remained hopeful.
"I don't think it's impossible to get a better deal out of the Iranians, I hope that's the case because it's a very concerning development," he said.
"It means the development towards conflict worsens, becomes far more an issue of regional and international anxiety."
He said if the Americans' claims were true, then a nuclear arms race was taking place.
"Well, it (a nuclear arms race) is something that's happening at the moment in terms of the claim by the Americans that these people (Iran) are arming themselves in the same way North Korea was."
Mr Peters admitted New Zealand was limited in what it could do in response.
"To be honest with you, not a great deal other than to add our voice to the sound international pressure from countries with like values with views of a sound society wit rule of law being what it should be."