Pence tells AIPAC US prepared to withdraw from nuclear deal immediately if not fixed

At AIPAC’s 2018 policy conference on Monday, US Vice President Mike Pence vowed that Washington will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. He also explained that the US would withdraw immediately from the nuclear deal with Iran if it is not amended.
Mike Pence at the conference Photo Credit: Screenshot from Pence's Twitter page

US Vice President Mike Pence stressed Monday that Washington plans to immediately withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran if the agreement is not amended within the next few months.

Speaking at this year’s AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC, Pence warned that US President Donald Trump’s January decision not to reimpose sanctions on Iran would not repeat itself. “Make no mistake about it, this is their last chance [to fix the deal],” Pence said. “Whatever the outcome of those discussions today, I have a solemn promise to you, to Israel and to the wider world, the United States of America will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.”

Pence also commented on Tehran’s regional activities, explaining that Iran is trying “to carve out a corridor of influence running through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, creating an unbroken passage for its armies and its ideology.”

“Last year alone, Iran spent more than $4 billion to achieve its ends, and at this very hour, it aids and abets terrorist groups that sit on Israel’s doorstep and fire rockets at our people,” he warned.

Pence delivered his speech after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley addressed the packed venue. In her speech, Haley accused the UN of “bullying” Israel and stated that Washington “will not stand for it any longer.”

“At the UN and throughout the UN agencies, Israel does get bullied. It gets bullied because the countries that don't like Israel are used to being able to get away with it,” she said. “What used to be a monthly Israel bashing session now at least has more balance. But we're never gonna put up with bullying.”



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