Iran deal: ‘The ayatollahs needed to hear Trump get tough’, says security adviser

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A new solution will address Iran’s “support for terrorism” and “all of their malign influence”, says John Bolton.The ayatollahs in Iran needed to hear Donald Trump get tough, the President’s national security adviser has told Sky News.

John Bolton hailed Mr Trump’s “outstanding speech” in which he pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.”It was very direct, very clear, very tough. That’s what the ayatollahs needed to hear,” Mr Bolton said.During his White House announcement on Tuesday, Mr Trump called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “disastrous” and “one-sided”.

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He said no action taken by Iran had been more dangerous than its pursuit of nuclear weapons, and claimed the deal had allowed Iran to enrich uranium and “cause havoc within the Middle East and beyond”.

The 2015 agreement was made by Iran and the US, the UK, Russia, France, China, Germany and the EU to ensure Iran’s nuclear programme was “exclusively peaceful”.

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