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In Speech, Trump Calls Iran 'A Radical Regime,' Defends Withdrawal From Nuke Deal

Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) listen as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in

WASHINGTON— U.S. President Donald Trump called the Iranian government a “radical regime,’ and he vowed that Tehran would never acquire nuclear weapons.

Trump made the comments February 5, during his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress.

"They do bad, bad things," Trump said, as he accused the Iranian government of being anti-Semitic.

Trump defended his decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, which lifted crippling sanctions in exchange for Iran curtailing its nuclear ambitions. Trump later announced new sanctions on the country.

“My Administration has acted decisively to confront the world's leading state sponsor of terror: the radical regime in Iran,” he said.

“To ensure this corrupt dictatorship never acquires nuclear weapons, I withdrew the United States from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal. And last fall, we put in place the toughest sanctions ever imposed on a country,” he said.

Iran has denied that it seeks to build nuclear weapons, saying its programs are peaceful in nature.