The Trump administration believes Iran could head down the same defiant path as North Korea
Mr Tillerson accused the Islamic Republic of supporting terrorism, including providing weapons and funding to Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups.
He said: “Whether it be assassination attempts, support of weapons of mass destruction, deploying destabilising militias, Iran spends its treasure and time disrupting peace
“An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea – and take the world along with it.”
Rex Tillerson speaking on the threat of Iran
According to the Secretary of State the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the UN, made under former President Barrack Obama, was a failure that was leading the nation down same the path of North Korea which was also left “unchecked”.
He said: “This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat that we face from North Korea.”
Earlier this week Iran issued the chilling warning that it needed no one's permission to build more missiles.
Donald Trump previously imposed sanctions on Iran after they launched a missile earlier this year
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An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea – and take the world along with it
Mr Tillerson also criticised Iran’s continued support of the “brutal Assad regime”, which the White House has claimed is responsible for a chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians earlier this this months.
He added: “Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining US interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, and continuing to support attacks against Israel.”
Speaking about the threat of Iran, the Secretary of State added: “The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran.
“The evidence is clear, Iran’s provocative actions threaten the United States, the region and the world.”
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His comments come as the US Defence Secretary, James Mattis, during a week long-tour Middle East also accused Iran of destabilising the region.
Mr Mattis said: ”Everywhere you look if there is trouble in the region, you find Iran.
"We will have to overcome Iran's efforts to destabilise yet another country and create another militia in their image of Lebanese Hezbollah,” he added, “but the bottom line is, we are on the right path for it."
Earlier White House spokesman Sean Spicer revealed the President Trump would be reviewing whether to lift sanctions on Iran under the current nuclear deal, which the billionaire had previously described as “the worst deal ever negotiated”.
Mr Spicer said: "Part of the review… is to determine where Iran is in compliance with the deal and to make recommendations to the President on the path forward.”