Trump adviser says US could sanction European allies if they continue nuclear deal with Iran

John Bolton said countries that do business with Iran could face sanctions.

“The leaders of the U.K., France, Germany, issued a joint statement, emphasizing their, quote, ‘continued commitment to the nuclear deal,’” Raddatz said. “Will the U.S. punish countries or companies who keep ties with Iran?”

Bolton noted that Trump said in announcing the U.S. exit from the Iran nuclear deal that “countries that continue to deal with Iran could face U.S. sanctions."

“Europeans are going to face the effective U.S. sanctions, already are really, because much of what they would like to sell to Iran involves U.S. technology, for which the licenses will not be available,” the national security adviser said.

Bolton asserted that Iran has been increasingly exercising its military power in the Middle East "under cover" of its nuclear deal with the U.S. and its European allies.

Raddatz asked Bolton what parts of the agreement Iran was violating. "The allies say nothing. The inspectors say nothing," she said.

"Well, the inspectors don't know everything," the national security adviser said. "You can't say honestly that Iran didn't violate the deal because we don't have adequate inspections."

"Nor have we had, since the implementation of the deal, adequate, really any, inspection of military facilities where the weaponization activities of the Iranians might be conducted," Bolton said.

Bolton also addressed the planned opening on Monday of the U.S.'s new embassy in Jerusalem.

Raddatz asked if moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would make it harder or easier to achieve a peace deal between Israel and Palestinians, who want east Jerusalem as their capital.

"I think it will make it easier," Bolton said. "It's a recognition of reality. If you're not prepared to recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that's where the American embassy should be, then you're operating on a completely different wavelength. I think recognizing reality always enhances the chances the for peace."