Netanyahu is seeking to alter the nuclear deal through an international coalition that will demand the changes.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is apparently leading an international effort to alter the Iran nuclear deal.
Speaking to Israel’s NRG news on Monday while boarding a plane back to Israel from the United Kingdom, Netanyahu said that the agreement, in it current form, enables the Iranians to develop an arsenal of tens of nuclear cores within a decade. “We must ensure this does not happen,” he told reporters.
Netanyahu stressed that the latest illicit ballistic missile test conducted by Iran was in breach of a UN Security Council resolution.
Iran requires nuclear fuel for its weapons development program, and the “nuclear deal enables them [Iran] to develop a nuclear arsenal,” he underlined.
Netanyahu said he discussed the issue with British Prime Minister Theresa May earlier in the day, and he intends to do the same when he meets with US President Donald Trump in Washington next week.
During his meeting with May in London, Netanyahu pushed for a US-UK-Israel united front against Iranian aggression.
Iran, Netanyahu told May, “seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world. And it offers provocation after provocation.”
“We face challenges, very clear, from militant Islam and especially from Iran,” he continued. “I’d like to talk to you on how we can ensure that Iran’s aggression does not go unanswered…
“That’s why I welcome President [Donald] Trump’s insistence on new sanctions against Iran. I think other nations should follow suit, certainly responsible nations, and I’d like to talk to you about how we can ensure Iran’s aggression does not go unanswered.”
A spokesman for May said the UK shares American and Israeli concerns about Iran’s recent ballistic missile test, which purportedly violated a UNSC resolution and led to new sanctions from the Trump administration.
“It was discussed at the UN and we made clear our position,” the spokesman said. “With regard to the specific agreement relating to the nuclear weapons…it’s important that it is very carefully and rigorously policed. We should also be clear that it has neutralized the possibility of the Iranians acquiring nuclear weapons for more than a decade.”
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News