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Iran deal will bring nuclear holocaust – Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the Iran deal will lead to “nuclear holocaust” and is calling Secretary of State John Kerry “incompetent” for negotiating the agreement.

Outlining his foreign policy views for the first time in a wide-ranging interview that aired today on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the billionaire businessman and former reality TV star says the United States should put ground troops in the fight against Islamic State militants and demand money from Middle East countries supported by the US.

He calls the nuclear agreement forged between Iran and world powers including the US “a bad deal.”

Trump says that Iran will have nuclear weapons and take over parts of the world.

“And I think it’s going to lead to nuclear holocaust,” he says. Instead of tearing up the deal, though, he says he would “police” it.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump eats a pork chop on a stick while campaigning the Iowa State Fair on August 15, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

On defeating Islamic State militants, Trump says the key is to take away their wealth by taking back the oilfields under their control in Iraq.

Told by “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that such a move could require ground troops, Trump responds, “That’s OK.”

He says the Iraqis should be given “something” from their oil fields but, in an apparent reference to Iraq War veterans, “we should definitely take back money for our soldiers.”

“We’ve had soldiers that were so badly hurt and killed,” he said. “I want their families to get something. Wounded warriors all over the place. They got nothing. And they can’t even say we had a victory.”

Trump in the past has accused Saudi Arabia of being the world’s biggest funder of terrorism. On Sunday, he says the Gulf nation should be paying the US because it wouldn’t exist without American support. And, Trump says, the only reason the US supports Saudi Arabia is because it needs the oil.

“Now, we don’t need the oil so much,” he said in an apparent reference to US oil and gas production. “And if we let our people really go, we wouldn’t need the oil at all. And we could let everybody else fight it out.”

Trump says Saudi Arabia is going to need help fighting against the kinds of militants who have targeted neighboring Yemen. He says he would assist the Saudis in that event, albeit reluctantly and for a price.

“We defend Saudi Arabia. We send our ships. We send our planes. Every time there’s a little ruckus, we send those ships and those planes. We get nothing. Why? They’re making a billion a day. We get nothing. And this is the problem with the world,” he says.

— AP