Iran will never have a nuclear weapon: Trump

In this file photo taken on December 24, 2019, US President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. (AFP)

President Donald Trump on Monday repeated his insistence that Iran will not be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon.

Writing in all-caps, the US leader tweeted: “IRAN WILL NEVER HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON!”

The tweet came a day after Tehran announced it was further winding down observance of parts of an international deal struck to ensure that the country does not secretly develop a nuclear weapon under cover of its civilian nuclear industry.

Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 deal negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama.

Tehran’s announcement coincided with a major escalation of hostilities following the US killing of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike on Friday in the Iraqi capita, Baghdad.

Last Update: Monday, 06 January 2020 KSA 20:22 - GMT 17:22