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Kerry: Saudi Arabia, Egypt wanted US to bomb Iran

US Secretary of State John Kerry [L] speaks with Hossein Fereydoun [C], the brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif [R], before the Secretary and Foreign Minister addressed an international press corps gathered at the Austria Center in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015 [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
US Secretary of State John Kerry [L] speaks with Hossein Fereydoun [C], the brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif [R], before the Secretary and Foreign Minister addressed an international press corps gathered at the Austria Center in Vienna, Austria, on 14 July, 2015 [State Department/ Public Domain]

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry said the late Saudi King, Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, and ousted Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, asked the United States to bomb Iran.

Speaking at a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference yesterday, Kerry said Mubarak personally told him that "the only thing to do with Iran is to bomb it".

According to the former US official, the discussion took place in September 2013 when a number of countries in the region were increasingly concerned over Iran's nuclear programme.

Kerry added that Washington responded at the time that Tehran had already begun enriching nuclear fuel, and that a military strike will not stop this development.

As US Secretary of State in former President Barack Obama's administration, Kerry was one of the main drafters of the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries which in July 2015. The deal allows for the lifting of decades of sanctions imposed on Tehran in exchange for it ceasing its nuclear programme.

Earlier in January, US President Donald Trump gave the deal's European partners four months to "either fix the deal's disastrous flaws or the United States will withdraw". However, European allies along with other signatories to the agreement, Iran, China and Russia categorically rejected the request.

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