Oliver North: Trump should sanction anyone who does business with Iran

Oliver North: Trump should sanction anyone who does business with Iran
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Oliver North, who was once at the center of a controversy in which he sold weapons to Tehran to fund a rebel group in Nicaragua, said on Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report MORE should sanction anyone who does business with Iran, Fox News reported.

"If we sanction [Iran] again, we ought to sanction anybody else who does business with them," North, who was recently elected as the new leader of the National Rifle Association, told Fox News. "That'll stop the Euros from helping to bail them out while they cheat on this program."

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France, Germany and Britain have not withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on Tehran.

North’s comments came before Trump announced on Tuesday that he would be pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement meant to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. By pulling out, Trump will reinstate sanctions on Iran.

North, who served in the Reagan administration's National Security Council staff, was the central figure in the Iran-Contra affair in which the U.S. illegally sold weapons to Iran to encourage U.S. hostages to be released from Lebanon.

He was convicted for formulating the part of the plan that used the money from the weapons sales to fund Contra rebel groups in Nicaragua.

According to North, the Iranians have not abandoned their nuclear ambitions and were not abiding by the nuclear deal.

"The Iranians have been lying. Every time their lips move, they're lying," North said.

North said Trump’s aggressive tactics have led to progress with North Korea and that similar tactics should be used on Iran.