Trump to meet with Netanyahu over Iran nuclear deal

Published December 13th, 2016 - 10:00 GMT
Both Trump and Netanyahu have been ardent opponents of the 2015 agreement curbing Tehran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
Both Trump and Netanyahu have been ardent opponents of the 2015 agreement curbing Tehran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he wants to discuss with US President-elect Donald Trump ways to get rid of the Iran nuclear deal.

According to Netanyahu – who is expected to meet with Trump next month – there are several ways to abolish the agreement.

“I think what options we have are much more than you think. Many more,” the Israeli PM said in an interview with CBS’ “60 minutes.”

“There are ways, various ways of undoing it,” he said. “I have about five things in my mind.”

Since he came to office in 2009, Netanyahu has made dozens of statements about Tehran’s intention to acquire nuclear weapons.

He has been an ardent opponent of the 2015 agreement, which places curbs on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from US and other international sanctions.

“Israel is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. That has not changed and will not change. As far as President-elect Trump, I look forward to speaking to him about what to do about this bad deal,” Netanyahu told last week the Saban Forum, a conference on the Middle East, in Washington, via satellite from Jerusalem.

“Since the deal was signed, Iran has become a more aggressive power,” he said.

Asked about a possible Israeli military attack on Iran, in particular after Tel Aviv received the U.S.-built F-35 stealth jet, Netanyahu said: “I mean it when I say that we are committed to stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear arms.”

The Israeli PM said that he still supports a two-state solution.

“I haven’t changed my vision for two states for two peoples,” he added.

By Nazir Majli


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