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Trump and Saudi king agree on 'rigorously' enforcing Iran nuclear deal

Trump opposed the nuclear agreement signed by Israel's arch-foe Iran and has said he wants to undo it
US President Donald Trump seen through an Oval Office window as he speaks on phone to King Salman of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office of the White House on Sunday (AFP)

President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman want to "rigorously" enforce the Iran nuclear deal, the White House said on Sunday, in spite of the US leader's long opposition to the agreement.

The pair, in a phone conversation, also spoke of the need to address Iran's "destabilising regional activities," fight the spread of "radical Islamic terrorism" and establish safe zones in war-ravaged Syria and Yemen, the White House statement read.

No further details were provided about those plans.

Trump opposed the nuclear agreement signed by Israel's arch-foe Iran and world powers, including the United States in 2015, and has said he wants to undo it.

Some of his key nominees have adopted an openly anti-Iran stance, including secretary of state candidate Rex Tillerson, who is seeking a complete revision of the accord.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu said last month that there were many ways of "undoing" the Iran nuclear deal and that he would discuss that with Trump.

But before he left office, former President Barack Obama warned against rowing back the pact, emphasising its "significant and concrete results".  

The deal places curbs on Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

Tehran is a major foe of both Washington and Riyadh. The Sunni majority Saudi kingdom is engaged in a power struggle with the Shia country for dominance in the region.

Trump and King Salman "agreed on the importance of rigorously enforcing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran and of addressing Iran's destabilising regional activities," the White House said.

Trump also spoke by telephone with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, committing to "further strengthen cooperation on fighting radical Islamic terrorism," the White House said. 

It said the pair also discussed establishing safe zones for refugees displaced by conflict in the region, and the crown prince "agreed to support this initiative".

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