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Trump: Iran Must 'Never, Ever' Have Nuclear Weapons

| by Lauren Briggs

While visiting Israel during his first international trip in office, President Donald Trump spoke out against the idea of making a nuclear idea with Iran.

"The United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon, never ever, and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately," Trump said on May 22 during a speech alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, Israel, according to the Washington Examiner.

The nuclear deal that former President Barack Obama finalized with Iran in 2015 strained relations with Israel, whose leaders vehemently opposed the agreement.

During his trip abroad, Trump has criticized Iran while extending an olive branch to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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"I will say, one of the things I think, you can call it an outreach, but what's happened with Iran has brought many other parts of the Middle East toward Israel," Trump said. "I've seen such a different feeling toward Israel from countries that, as you know, were not feeling so well about Israel not so long ago."

The president went on to say that a number of Arab countries surrounding Israel are increasingly realizing that "they have common cause … in the threat posed by Iran," while he has "found new reasons for hope" after his stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

"There's a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East," Trump said. "I think people have just had enough. They've had enough of the bloodshed and the killing, and I think you're going to see things starting to happen."

Trump said that he and the Americans traveling with him "were treated incredibly well" in Saudi Arabia, where the two nations agreed upon a $110 billion arms deal.

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"We reached historic agreements to pursue greater and greater cooperation in the fight against terrorism," Trump said of the deal.

After he completes his visit to Israel and the Palestine area, Trump will visit the Vatican before heading to Belgium and Italy for international summits, notes The Guardian.

Trump has expressed interest in resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict, though he has not specified what approach he would push for and has not definitively said whether or not he would support a two-state solution. Nonetheless, he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have said that they are hoping for a larger peace deal throughout the region.

"Israel's hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors, including the Palestinians," said Netanyahu, according to The Guardian.

Sources: Washington Examiner (2), The Guardian / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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