Sputnik– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel remains committed to prevent Tehran from development of nuclear weapons and military action against Iran may return on the agenda.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention on Sunday to discuss last year’s deal on Iranian nuclear program with US President-elect Donald Trump, while both had expressed opposition to the deal.
“The problem how to deal with this deal is something I’ll discuss with president-elect Trump,” Netanyahu said addressing the Saban Forum in Washington as quoted by the Haaretz newspaper. According to the prime minister, Israel remains committed to prevent Tehran from development of nuclear weapons and military action against Iran may return on the agenda. “When I say we’re committed to prevent Iran, I mean we’re committed,” Netanyahu said when asked about the possibility of military action against Iran in case of Tehran’s crossing some red lines. Iran is developing a ballistic missile program, which threatens the United States, and supporting international terrorism, Netanyahu alleged.
On July 14, 2015, Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States plus Germany — signed the JCPOA, ensuring the peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear program in return for the gradual lifting of sanctions. The agreement came into force on January 16, after the IAEA submitted a report confirming the readiness of Iran’s authorities to implement the program to reduce the country’s nuclear potential.
Netanyahu, as a staunch opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, has repeatedly said that despite the fact of nuclear nuclear agreement with world powers Tehran had not abandoned its aim to obtain nuclear weapons. During the 2016 presidential election, Trump was very critical of the Iran nuclear agreement, characterizing it as one of the worst in history.