JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump on Monday during a visit to Occupied Jerusalem said that Iran must never be allowed to have nuclear weapons while also denouncing Tehran’s support for “terrorists”.
“Most importantly 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,” Trump said in remarks at Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s residence.
“And it must cease immediately.”
Trump’s remarks were his latest salvo against Iran since starting his first foreign trip after taking office.
On the first leg of his trip in Saudi Arabia, Trump lashed out at Iran, accusing it of fuelling “the fires of sectarian conflict and terror” and calling for its international isolation.
Trump arrived in Tel Aviv earlier on Monday and is due to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later in the day.
He will meet Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday as he seeks ways to restart moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.