Iran's $3 Million Bounty for Killing Trump Is 'Ridiculous'

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An Iranian lawmaker has offered a $3 million cash reward to anyone who kills President Donald Trump.

Iranian semi-official agency reported that Ahmad Hamzeh declared a prize of $3 million on behalf of people of Kerman province for "whoever kills Trump".

He did not say who would pay the bounty offer or whether the reward had any official backing from Iran's clerical rulers.

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The US President quoted the words of the military, who briefed him about the operation: "They're together, sir", "Sir, they have to live 2 minutes and 11 seconds. If each one of us puts aside one American dollar, we will have 80 million American dollars, and we will reward anyone who brings us (Trump)'s head with that amount", said the eulogist to the huge crowd gathered in Mashhad. In response, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that the country will ditch the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if European Union states file a complaint with the UN Security Council over its nuclear commitments.

But tensions between Washington and Tehran persist, especially as Iran takes steps to advance its nuclear program in violation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from two years ago and began re-imposing economic sanctions. Tehran insists that it has never looked for nuclear weapons and never will. In response, Britain, France and Germany "triggered a dispute mechanism in the nuclear pact, starting a diplomatic process that could lead to reimposing United Nations sanctions".

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This month, Iran announced that it would break all the limits of its uranium enrichment work, potentially shortening the "breakout time" for building a nuclear weapon.

The EU and other countries are attempting to rescue the deal but Iran warned on Monday that it would withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if worldwide sanctions were re-enforced. The 1968 NPT has been the foundation of global nuclear arms control since the Cold War. "This is our natural right".

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