Foreign Minister: Iran will not renegotiate nuclear deal

Benjamin Netanyahu

Iran will withdraw from the nuclear deal signed with world powers in 2015 if the US walks away, according to senior Iranian officials, as the United Nations warned US President Donald Trump he risked war if he nixed the agreement.

In a televised presentation at the Israeli Ministry of Defense on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Iran is running a program called Project Amad that is aimed at "developing five nuclear warheads".

"In contrast, the U.S. has consistently violated the nuclear agreement, especially by bullying others from doing business with Iran", he said. The statement added that such remarks are futile efforts by a "broke and infamous liar who has had nothing to offer except lies and deceits".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. "Iran hid a vast atomic archive from the world and from the IAEA - until today".

Such attacks are considered more likely than actions that might trigger a US military response against Iranian nuclear and military targets.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of "dangerous times" as US President Donald Trump considers whether to remain in or leave the worldwide deal that seeks to rein in Iran's nuclear weapons programme.

Indeed, Trump's constant criticism and demands to "fix" the supposed flaws of the 2015 deal did not fully amend the position of its European signatories - the UK, France and Germany - the leaders of which are against scrapping the agreement. Those changes have included proposals to limit Iran's ballistic missile program, which Tehran says it has as a defensive deterrent.

There was no immediate response from Washington.

Additionally, he accused the USA of "consistently violating" the terms of the deal, and claimed they are forcing other countries to not do business with the Islamic Republic.

Netanyahu also briefed French President Emanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the documents allegedly obtained by Israeli intelligence. "Leaving the JCPOA will harm the peace and security of the Middle East region", he further said. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called into question the legitimacy of the U.S. and Israel making moves to have the deal scrapped after it gained the consensus of five world powers in 2015 in what was widely regarded at the time as a significant diplomatic victory in the global community.



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