Addressing the elephant in the room

President Trump says backing out of Iran nuclear deal would send the “right message to North Korea ahead of talks

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President Trump said on Monday that backing out of the Iran Nuclear deal would send the right message to North Korea. With the negotiations being scheduled in the next few weeks with North Korea the concern is that Kim Jong un does not have any credibility. The President and Mike Pence have both warned him not to play this President. But is remains unclear if he will get the message.

“I think it sends the right message,” the president said, responding to a reporter’s question about whether his talk of leaving the deal is sending the wrong message to the dictatorship. He went on to remark that the “horrible” deal is set to expire in seven years anyway, and Iran would be free again at that point to restart its nuclear program.

“That’s not acceptable. Seven years is tomorrow,” Trump said.

“I’m not telling you what I’m doing, but a lot of people think they know,” Trump said during a joint news conference with the president of Nigeria. “And, on or before the 12th, we’ll make a decision.”

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu dropped a bombshell on Monday, saying Iran lied when it claimed it never had a nuclear-weapons program, and continued to lie to an international watchdog charged with checking on whether it was obeying the terms of the deal.

“Even after the deal was made, Iran continued to preserve and expand its nuclear know-how for use at a later date,” Netanyahu said.

“They’re not sitting back idly,” Trump agreed, mentioning Netanyahu’s statement. “They’re setting off missiles, which they say are for television purposes. I don’t think so.”

“We’ll see what happens,” the president concluded. “That doesn’t mean we won’t negotiate a real agreement.”

President Trump remains optimistic about the plans for a summit with Kim Jong Un to discuss possible denuclearization. Things are optimistic in the region as the North and South Korean leaders met last week to declare an end to the Korean war. Trump says many possible locations being discussed his recent favorite seems to be the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.

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