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Trump: Iran will have ‘severe consequences’ if it restarts nuke program

WASHINGTON, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he “would advise Iran not to restart its nuclear program.

Tehran would face “severe consequences” if it choose to do so, he told reporters in brief remarks from the White House.

He went on to say that: “We’re going to make a really good deal … or we’re not going to make a deal at all.” The president noted that other countries are “all very happy” with his decision and suggested that some Democrats were privately happy with the move because they were originally “against the deal.” “We’ll see how we do with Iran. We probably won’t do very well but that’s okay too,” Trump said.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis indicated that the US will continue to work with allies to ensure that Iran does not obtain an nuclear weapon.

“We will continue to work alongside our allies and partners to ensure that Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapon, and will work with others to address the range of Iran’s malign influence,” Mattis told the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This administration remains committed to putting the safety, interests and well-being of our citizens first.” Mattis highlighted that the US has not seen “any draw down or reduction in Iran’s malicious activities and malign activity across the region.” “At the same time we have walked away from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) because we found it was inadequate for the long-term effort,” said the Secretary.

Source: Kuwait News Agency