Vice President Mike Pence, during a visit to Israel this week, vowed the U.S. would “never allow” Iran to build a nuclear weapon it could use against the Jewish state or even the United States.
“I have a solemn promise to Israel, to all the Middle East and to the world — the United States of America will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon,” Pence said to applause from Israeli MPs.
President Donald Trump has often criticized the so-called nuclear deal the Obama administration pulled out all stops to make, claiming — as have some critics — that the deal would only delay Iran from building nuclear weapons. Israeli leaders have also been critical of the deal.
“The Iran nuclear deal is a disaster and the United States of America will no longer certify this ill-conceived agreement,” Pence said Monday. “Unless the Iran nuclear deal is fixed President Trump has said the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal immediately.”
Other signatories to the deal — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union — claim it is working and that Iran is in compliance. [source]
(Analyst comment: To the parties who believe Iran has suddenly abandoned its nuclear ambitions, I have one thing to say: ‘North Korea.’ The North Koreans continued to develop their program despite the 1994 ‘Agreed Framework’ deal negotiated by the Clinton administration. There is no reason to believe that because a passing U.S. president paid off the Iranian regime in a politicized bid for a ‘legacy’ Tehran’s mullahs are suddenly out of the nuclear weapons business. That said, successive U.S. administrations have vowed to never allow North Korea to possess a nuclear weapon, either. — JD)