Vice President Mike Pence on Monday, July 8, said the United States will continue to keep the pressure on Iran, as the nuclear agreement between the Islamic state and world powers are crumbling.

Addressing a crowd of thousands at the annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) summit in Washington, Vice President Pence said the United States would maintain its strong stance against Iran.

“We will continue to oppose Iran’s malign influence. We will continue to bring pressure on their economy and under President Donald Trump, America will never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon,” said Pence.

Pence’s affirmation at CUFI, a pro-Israel Christian organization, occurred on the same day Iran declared it is enriching uranium to 4.5 percent. In other words, it means Iran is breaching the limit set in the 2015 agreement with former President Barack Obama.

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During his speech, Pence said that the United States is willing to talk with Iran.

“We hope for the best, but the United States of America and our military are prepared to protect our interests and protect our personnel and our citizens in the region,” said Pence.

The Vice President said, “Iran should not confuse American restraint with a lack of American resolve.” Although Pence did not say it in this address to the CUFI audience, the vice president indicated that America would not back down.

Pence said the recent attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf region are part of the Iranian “malign” activities.

President Donald J. Trump said, “Iran is doing a lot of bad things” and that “lran will never have nuclear weapons,” on July 8, 2019. (Screenshot/AP Video)

Earlier on Monday morning, speaking from Morristown, New Jersey, President Donald J. Trump said, “Iran is doing a lot of bad things” and that the Obama deal with Iran is “the most foolish agreement that you’ll ever find.”

“Iran will never have nuclear weapons,” said President Trump. He warned Iran to “better be careful” although he did not say what actions, the United States might consider.

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