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Offbeat Mattis vows to work with allies after Iran pullout

18:05  09 may  2018
18:05  09 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The United States will keep working with allies to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday, a day after President Donald Trump withdrew from a deal aimed at doing just that.

The United States will keep working with allies to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday, a day after President Donald Trump withdrew from a deal aimed at doing just that.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis straightens his tie as he arrives to a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday. © Jacquelyn Martin Defense Secretary Jim Mattis straightens his tie as he arrives to a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday. The United States will keep working with allies to prevent a nuclear Iran, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday, a day after President Donald Trump withdrew from a deal aimed at doing just that.

"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 told a Senate panel. "This administration remains committed to putting the safety, interests and well-being of our citizens first."

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The United States will keep working with allies to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday, a day after President Donald Trump withdrew from a deal aimed at doing just that.

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Mattis, a retired four-star general who saw his Marines killed by Tehran-backed militias in Iraq, has frequently lambasted Iranian actions in the Middle East.

But he has been a staunch advocate of working with allies and became a quiet defender of the Iran deal as Trump mulled pulling out. In October, he said it was in the U.S. national interest to remain in the deal. 

In January, he said the Iran deal was "imperfect" but added that "when America gives her word, we have to live up to it and work with our allies."

Last month, he said the deal allowed for "pretty robust" inspections of Iranian facilities.

Mattis risks being isolated by Trump's more hardline coterie of advisers, including national security adviser John Bolton, an Iraq War-era hawk who has advocated military action in both Iran and North Korea.

Maxine Waters: Impeachment 'only option' for dealing with Trump's Iran deal decision .
California Rep. Maxine Waters (D) said Wednesday that the impeachment of President Trump is the "only option" for Democrats in the wake of his decision to exit the Iran nuclear agreement.&nbsp;In a tweet, Waters says Trump "thinks he knows better" than U.S. allies France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, which issued a joint statement this week condemning Trump's decision to abandon the agreement.

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