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Trump: ‘Iran will not be doing nuclear weapons’

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US President Donald Trump said on Friday Iran will not acquire nuclear weapons but declined comment on whether he may consider the use of force against it.

“I don't talk about whether or not I would use military force,” Trump told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“But I can tell you this, they will not be doing nuclear weapons. That I can tell you. OK? They are not going to be doing nuclear weapons. You can bank on it.”

Merkel: ‘Not sufficient’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, standing alongside President Donald Trump at the White House, said Friday that the existing international accord on Iran is not enough to curb the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions.

The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed by Tehran and six world powers including Germany and the United States, is “a first step that has contributed to slowing down their activities in this particular respect,” Merkel told reporters.

“But we also think from a German perspective that this is not sufficient in order to see to it that Iran's ambitions are curbed and contained.” “Europe and the United States ought to be in lock step on this,” she said.