Netanyahu: Easing of Sanctions Caused Iran to Step Up ‘International Aggression’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran has stepped up its “international aggression” as a result of the Geneva deal reached between the Islamic Republic and world powers over the country’s nuclear program. His remarks were made at the start of his government’s weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
“The international easing of the sanctions against Iran have not led Iran to moderate its international aggression, the complete opposite has occurred,” he said.
Netanyahu went on to list new and continued Iranian actions in support of worldwide terror.
“The Iranian Foreign Minister recently met with the head of Islamic Jihad, Iran is continuing to supply terrorist organizations with deadly weapons, Iran continues to be complicit in massacres in Syria and to all this may be added the leader of Iran’s crude and sharp attack against the US, alongside sending warships to the Atlantic Ocean,” he said.
The Prime Minister concluded: “What is happening here is that the international community has reduced the sanctions on Iran and Iran is stepping up its international aggression. This is the real result of the steps up until now.”
On Saturday, the Associated Press cited the commander of Iran’s Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, as saying that Iranian warships sent to the Atlantic Ocean would approach U.S. maritime borders for the first time.
“The Islamic Republic considers the move as a response to U.S. naval deployments near its own coastlines. The U.S. Navy’s 5th fleet is based in Bahrain, just across the Persian Gulf,” the AP said.
On Friday, Iranian state TV ran a documentary showing simulated strikes against Israeli and American targets including American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, American aircraft, and military targets in the Persian Gulf.
Netanyahu has long been a vocal opposition to the Geneva deal which eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on uranium enrichment, and increased access to Iranian nuclear sites. Israel has maintained that the West gave up too much and received too little in return.