Vice President Mike Pence relayed a promise to Washington’s allies across the Middle East and the world that “the United States will never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.” “As the president said just a few days ago, the Iran deal, in his words, it didn’t bring calms, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will. In fact, Iran’s unprecedented missile attacks on Israel last week, only confirmed the president’s decision. This dangerous act of aggression only strengthened our resolve. And, so today let me assure you all — the United States of America will never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. That is our solemn promise to Israel, and the world,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said.
The comments by the American Vice President come amid efforts by the Islamic Republic to preserve the multinational nuclear deal, which the United States decided to pull out from, citing Iran’s ongoing efforts to develop its ballistic missile program with a capacity to carry nuclear payloads, as well as Tehran’s aggressive involvement across the Middle East – among other reasons. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met today with his European counterparts in Brussels, during which Tehran, Berlin, Paris and London discussed mutual efforts to maintain the nuclear deal. The main concern in Europe is Washington’s decision to reimpose crippling sections that will limit Europe’s ability to uphold its commitments to Iran, while avoiding economic consequences. “We’re going to have a conversation about what we can do to help UK firms, to help European firms to have some confidence that they can still do business. I’m not going to pretend to you now that that will be easy but we are determined to do that and as far as we possibly can, to protect our businesses from the effect of American primary and secondary sanctions,” U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.