U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Iran must immediately stop its financial and military support for "terrorists and militas" and he reiterated that it never be permitted to possess atomic arms.
"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, and it must cease immediately," Trump said in public remarks at a meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
While visiting Saudi Arabia, President Trump had already put Iran on notice to make a fundamental change in its foreign policy. "From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region," Trump had said in Riyadh.
Iranian officials have reacted angrily to his recent remarks, accusing the US of "Iranophobia" and arming "dangerous terrorits".