Netanyahu: ‘Either fix or cancel’ Iran nuclear agreement

In Argentina, Netanyahu rejected any claim that Israel prefers the US maintain the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who warned against the Iran nuclear deal continually until it was implemented in 2015, rejected any assertion that Israel prefers the US to remain party to the agreement.

“In the case of Iran, there have been some news stories about Israel’s purported position on the nuclear deal with Iran, so let me take this opportunity to clarify,” Netanyahu said Tuesday during a press conference in Argentina with President Mauricio Macri. “Our position is straightforward. This is a bad deal. Either fix it or cancel it.”

In a report that suggested US President Donald Trump is considering a more aggressive approach vis-à-vis IranReuters quoted US officials as saying that Israel, along with Saudi Arabia, believes the US should maintain the agreement.

Netanyahu also took the opportunity to call out the Islamic Republic for its continued support for terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

“Iran’s terror has not stopped since then,” Netanyahu said, referring to a bombing at Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 that claimed 29 lives as well as a mass-casualty attack on a Jewish community center in the city in 1994 in which 85 people died.  

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“They have a terror machine that encompasses the entire world operating terror cells in many continents, including in Latin America,” the Israeli leader said, stressing that the international community must not lose focus on preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“In the case of Iran, it’s not only merely terror, but the quest for nuclear weapons that concerns us and should concern the entire international community,” he continued. “We understand the danger of a rogue nation having atomic bombs.”

By: Jonathan Benedek, World Israel News