Trump to Iran: Threats can ‘come back to bite you’


DAY SINCE WE REACHED A RECORD HIGH. CONGRATULATIONS, USA.>>Alicia: PRESIDENT TRUMP ISSUING A NEW WARNING TO IRAN AFTER THE REGIME THREATENED TO BEGIN ENRICHING URANIUM AT WEAPONS-GRADE LEVELS IN A NEW DEAL IS NOT REACHED. ROUHANI SAYS IT WILL ENRICH URANIUM TO ANY AMOUNT WE WANT IF THERE IS NO NUCLEAR DEAL. BE CAREFUL WITH THE THREATS, IRAN. THEY CAN COME BACK TO BITE YOU LIKE NOBODY HAS BITTEN BEFORE. JOINING US NOW IS NILE GARDINER, DIRECTOR OF THE MARTHA THATCHER CENTER FOR FREEDOM. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. I WANT TO READ TO YOU FOLLOWING UP ON WHAT THE PRESIDENT WAS TWEETING THERE WHAT IRAN PRESIDENT ROUHANI SAID IN HIS CABINET MEETING YESTERDAY. IT READS OUR ADVICE TO EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES IS TO GO BACK TO LOGIC AND TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. GO BACK TO UNDERSTANDING, TO RESPECTING THE LAW AND RESOLUTIONS OF THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL. UNDER THOSE CONDITIONS ALL OF US CAN ABIDE BY THE NUCLEAR DEAL. NOW, WE HAVE THAT AND THEN JUST YESTERDAY ON SPECIAL REPORT REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL MCCAUL SAID THIS. TAKE A LISTEN.>>I MUST SAY THE PRESIDENT EXERCISED GREAT CAUTION IN TRYING TO DE-ESCALATE THIS CONFLICT, NOT ESCALATE IT. ONE THING HE MADE CLEAR IN THE ROOM WAS THAT HE WILL NOT STAND FOR A NUCLEAR IRAN. AND THAT IS HIS RED LINE. IF IRAN CHOOSES TO CROSS THAT RED LINE AND GET NUCLEAR WEAPONS, HE WILL RESPOND IN FULL FORCE.>>Alicia: RESPOND IN FULL FORCE. EXACTLY HOW DO YOU SEE THAT?>>WELL, FIRSTLY I WOULD SAY THAT IRAN IS RESORTING TO BLACKMAIL HERE AND LET’S NOT FORGET WE ARE DEALING WITH ONE OF THE MOST BARBARIC REGIMES ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. THEY’RE HELL BENT ON DEVELOPING A NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. IT IS NOT INTERESTED IN ABIDING BY THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AND WHY THE UNITED STATES WITHDREW FROM THIS DISASTROUS AGREEMENT. AND PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SENDING EXACTLY THE RIGHT MESSAGE TO THE IRANIAN REGIME THAT THE UNITED STATES AND THE FREE WORLD WILL STAND UP TO EVIL AND THE U.S. IS APPLYING A POLICY OF MAXIMUM PRESSURE AGAINST IRAN WHICH IS WORKING. THE U.S. SANCTIONS THAT ARE IN PLACE NOW ARE BRINGING THIS BRUTAL REGIME TO ITS KNEES ECONOMICALLY WHICH IS WHY THE REGIME IS NOW LASHING OUT. AND THE UNITED STATES IS CALLING UPON ALL OF ITS ALLIES ACROSS THE WORLD TO STAND WITH AMERICA IN CONFRONTING THE IRANIAN THREAT THROUGH THE USE OF SANCTIONS. BUT ALSO SENDING A VERY CLEAR MESSAGE THAT IRAN’S ATTEMPTS TO DEVELOP A NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. AND THE UNITED STATES CERTAINLY IS PUTTING IN PLACE EVERYTHING NECESSARY IN ORDER TO PREVENT IRAN FROM BECOMING A NUCLEAR WEAPONS REGIME. AND THE UNITED STATES IS STANDING WITH ITS ALLIES INCLUDING ISRAEL AND ONLY THIS WEEK THE IRANIAN REGIME REPEATED ITS THREAT TO WIPE OUT ISRAEL AND THE THREAT ISSUED BY AN IRANIAN NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIAL SAYING THEY WOULD DESTROY ISRAEL WITHIN 30 MINUTES IF THE UNITED STATES LAUNCHED ANY KIND OF ATTACK ON IRAN. THIS KIND OF VERY UGLY, MENACING RHETORIC IS COMING FROM IRAN. WE’RE DEALING WITH — PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DOING WHAT HE CAN TO STAND UP TO THE THREAT.>>Alicia: A REGIME SHOWING SIGNS OF DESPERATION. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE OTHER ALLIES’ POSITIONS?>>UNFORTUNATELY AS IS OFTEN THE CASE, SOME OF AMERICA’S EUROPEAN ALLIES, ESPECIALLY THE FRENCH AND GERMANS AND THE EUROPEAN UNION AS A WHOLE ARE STILL IN AN APPEASEMENT MINDSET WITH REGARD TO IRAN. THEY’RE STILL CLINGING TO THIS IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT, WHICH IS DEAD IN THE WATER. AND WE NEED TO SEE ALL OF AMERICA’S ALLIES IN EUROPE STANDING WITH THE UNITED STATES IN TERMS OF ENFORCING SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN. THE E.U. IS TRYING TO BYPASS U.S. SANCTIONS ON IRAN SENDING COMPLETELY THE WRONG SIGNAL. AND SO WE NEED TO SEE A CHANGE IN THIS VERY WEAK-KNEED APPROACH. THEY NEED TO STAND TOGETHER WITH THE U.S. AND CONFRONT AN EXTREMELY GRAVE THREAT THAT THE ENTIRE FREE WORLD IS FACING TODAY.>>Alicia: QUICKLY I JUST WANTED TO HIT ON NORTH KOREA. WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME HERE, REUTERS IS REPORTING THAT NORTH KOREA’S MISSION TO THE U.N. IS ACCUSING THE UNITED STATES OF BEING HELL BENT ON HOSTILE ACTS DESPITE SAYING THAT THEY WANT TO TALK. WE KNOW THE SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO HAS SAID THIS MEETING THAT HAPPENED ON SUNDAY HAS OPENED UP POSSIBLE TALKS FOR DENUCLEARIZATION. WHERE ARE WE ON THIS?>>A FURTHER ILLUSTRATION OF THE FACT THAT THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME CANNOT BE TRUSTED AT ALL AND THIS IS A FURTHER REASON WHY THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO MAINTAIN THIS APPROACH OF MAXIMUM PRESSURE AGAINST NORTH KOREA. WE NEED TO SEE THE FULL ENFORCEMENT OF U.S. AND U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS THAT ARE IN PLACE AGAINST THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME. WE ALSO NEED TO SEE THE RETURN OF U.S./SOUTH KOREAIAN MILITARY EXERCISES TO SEND A CLEAR SIGNAL TO PYONGYANG. IN ADDITION TO THAT I THINK THE UNITED STATES AND THE ENTIRE FREE WORLD HAVE TO FOCUS UPON THE APPALLING HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD OF NORTH KOREA. 120,000 POLITICAL PRISONERS ARE HELD IN PRISONS ACROSS NORTH KOREA. WE DO NEED TO CONFRONT NORTH KOREA IN THE SAME WAY WE ARE CONFRONTING THE IRANIAN REGIME

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