Netanyahu on Iran Nuclear Accord: "Fix it - or Cancel it"

Published September 19th, 2017 - 09:28 GMT
U.S. President Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) (AFP/File Photo)
U.S. President Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) (AFP/File Photo)

 

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss the Iran Nuclear Accord.
  • Netanyahu disapproves of the current deal and will lobby to either "fix it - or cancel it".
  • Despite his skepticism towards the accord, Trump renewed exemptions to sanctions in Iran last week, keeping the deal alive.
  • Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared his country "will not give in to pressure..."

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will propose "concrete ideas" regarding the Iran nuclear accord to US President Donald Trump, according to an Israeli government source cited by the Jerusalem Post.

The pair is due to meet on Monday in New York, amid ongoing debate over whether Washington should amend or scrap the 2015 accord.

"Our position is straightforward. This is a bad deal. Either fix it - or cancel it," Netanyahu said during a visit to Buenos Aires on Tuesday. 

In line with the deal - which was struck in 2015 under the watch of former US President Barack Obama - Iran agreed to stringent controls and inspections on its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. 

Netanyahu and Trump are united in their skepticism and vocal criticism of the accord, despite support for the deal among their close colleagues and advisors.

Israel's intelligence establishment is reportedly in agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency's assessment that Iran is acting in accordance with the deal.

In the US, Trump has shown an aggressive stance towards Iran with the implementation of further sanctions. Last Thursday, however, the president kept the deal alive by renewing exemptions to sanctions.

 

 

Netanyahu's meeting with Trump comes as the president prepares to make a decision on whether to re-certify the accord next month. 

According to the US law, the agreement must be re-certified every 90 days. Trump has already done this twice so far during his presidency.

Critically, the meeting between the two leaders also comes ahead of Trump's rolling out of his plan for Iran in October.

Since his election campaign last year, Trump has maintained that the nuclear deal does not serve U.S. interests.

On Thursday, he reiterated his belief that the deal is "one of the worst deals I've ever seen" and assured reporters that the US position will be further clarified "in a couple weeks".

Debates around the future of the accord have sparked a reaction in Tehran, with Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, saying last week that his country "will not give in to pressure and will not bow".

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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