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Netanyahu claims Iranians lied about nukes

April 30, 2018

Meanwhile, Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs, dismissed Netanyahu’s claims as nonsense.

“Netanyahu’s show was a childish and ridiculous game,” he told the semiofficial Tasnim news agency, Reuters reported. “The planned show ahead of the May 12 deadline is to affect Trump’s decision on Iran’s nuclear deal.”

That’s Trump’s deadline for amending the 2015 agreement or walking away from the deal.

Netanyahu claims Iranians lied about nukesNetanyahu claims Iranians lied about nukes

Netanyahu had alerted reporters earlier Monday that he was going to announce what his office billed as a “significant development” regarding the nuclear deal, which he wants Trump to scrap.

The Iran deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, offered Tehran billions of dollars in relief from sanctions in exchange for its agreement to curb its nuclear program.

While there is broad consensus that Iran is abiding by the agreement — reached with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and the European Union — Israel has long opposed the pact, which was one of the main foreign policy achievements of the Obama administration.

Israel says the deal hasn’t curbed Iran’s wider aggression, such as its support for Hezbollah — a powerful Lebanese militia and political group — and its role in conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Bahrain.

Image: Benjamin Netanyahu and Mike Pompeo
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, greets Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Tel Aviv on Sunday.Thomas Coex / AFP Pool

“President Trump’s been pretty clear,” Pompeo said Sunday in Tel Aviv. “This deal is very flawed. He’s directed the administration to try and fix it, and if we can’t fix it, he’s going to withdraw from the deal.”

He added, “We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats to Israel and the region and Iran’s ambition to dominate the Middle East remains.”

Pompeo also listed Iran’s non-nuclear threats, including the introduction of thousands of proxy fighters to the Syrian civil war — something that has inspired Israel to carry out missile strikes, including a suspected attack late Sunday.

In his previous role as CIA director, Pompeo consistently portrayed Iran as the focus of evil in the Middle East and a worldwide threat.

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