Bolton: U.S. sees highest importance in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons

Bolton: U.S. sees highest importance in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons

U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton is bemoaning the "wretched" Iranian nuclear deal in his talks with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bolton told Netanyahu that the United States sees the "highest importance" in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and that's why Trump withdrew from the deal negotiated by the Obama administration and was reapplying stiff sanctions.

"This is why President Trump withdrew from the wretched Iran nuclear deal. This is why he has imposed economic sanctions. This is why we are working with our friends in Europe to convince them of the need to take stronger steps against Iranian nuclear weapons," ABC news cited Bolton as saying.

This is also, Bolton added, the reason why we "continuously worry about Iran's role as the central banker for international terrorism, this is why we worry about Iran's belligerent military activity in Iran, in Syria, with Hezbollah in Lebanon, and in Yemen."

Netanyahu agreed the deal was "disastrous" and called Trump's decision to drop out historic.

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