US VP Mike Pence vows: ‘Iran never to obtain nuclear weapons’

United States 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,” he said, underscoring, “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.”

Vice President Pence then reiterated, “That is our solemn promise to Israel, and the world.”

The comments by the US leader come amid efforts by the Islamic Republic to preserve the multinational nuclear deal from which Washington withdrew over Tehran’s development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear payloads and aggressive regional behavior.

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 the United Kingdom’s 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,” UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.