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Mattis: U.S. Will Work with Allies to Stop Iran from Developing Nuclear Weapons

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Secretary of Defense James Mattis testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
 

By    |   Wednesday, 09 May 2018 04:36 PM

Defense Secretary James Mattis pledged Wednesday the United States would work with its allies to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Stars and Stripes reported.

The promise came a day after President Donald Trump pulled out of a key agreement that temporarily halted the country’s nuclear program.

“We have walked away from [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] because we found it was inadequate for the long-term effort,” Mattis told lawmakers during testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee for defense, the military news outlet reported. “We will work with our allies and try to bring Iran back into more responsible behavior.”

The defense secretary said the decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal was thoughtfully considered.

The United States left the agreement negotiated under former President Barack Obama because it couldn’t be fully ensured that the Iranians were living up to their end of the deal, Mattis said.

It was the first time he stated publicly that he supported withdrawing from the deal, Stars and Stripes reported.

“For over a year, we have attempted to work with allies to address the shortcomings of [the deal],” Mattis said. “I think we now have the opportunity to move forward and address those shortcomings and make it more compelling. That effort is underway already.”

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Defense Secretary James Mattis pledged Wednesday the United States would work with its allies to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Stars and Stripes reported.
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