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Mattis And Bolton Pledge Working With 'Others' On Iran

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (L) talks with National Security Adviser John Bolton during a bilateral meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and French President in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that the United States will continue to work with allies to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon. A day earlier President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran.

"We will continue to work alongside our allies and partners to ensure that Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapon, and will work with others to address the range of Iran’s malign influence," Mattis said before a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.

" This Administration remains committed to putting the safety, interests, and well-being of our citizens first," Mattis said.

National Security Advisor John Bolton who had spoken right after Trump made his statement, said that the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not mean war with Iran.

He told reporters that those who might think Trump's decision is a prelude to war are "badly mistaken".

Regarding future steps, Bolton said "We’re prepared, along with the Europeans and others, to talk about a much broader deal addressing all of the aspects of Iran’s conduct that we find objectionable," adding, "We’re prepared to do that beginning right now.”

Reporting based on Reuters and Times of Israel