Netanyahu: I Look Forward to Speaking With Trump About How to Handle ‘Bad’ Iran Nuclear Deal
The Jewish state is “committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated on Sunday. “That has not changed and will not change.”
Speaking from Jerusalem via video feed to the 2016 Saban Forum in Washington, DC, Netanyahu criticized the nuclear agreement reached between six world powers and Iran last year and said, “I look forward to speaking to [President-elect Donald Trump] about what to do about this bad deal.”
“Now, I opposed the deal because it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting nukes,” the prime minister explained. “It paves the way for Iran to get nuclear weapons. The problem isn’t so much that Iran will break the deal, but that Iran will keep it because it just can walk in within a decade, and even less, and certainly within 12 years, it can just walk in to industrial-scale enrichment of uranium to make the core for an arsenal of nuclear weapons.”
Iran, Netanyahu went on to note, “has actually become an even more aggressive power” following the signing of the nuclear deal.
“It’s developing ballistic missiles that will ultimately be capable of reaching the United States,” the prime minister warned. “The Iranians are developing intercontinental ballistic missiles, and for those who forget, Israel and Iran are on the same continent…they’re not developing these ICBMs for us, they’re developing them for you, for America. The Iranian regime continues to shout ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel.’ So we have to stop Iran’s march to the bomb, its development of long-range ballistic missiles and its support for terror in the Middle East and throughout the world.”
In a pre-election interview with The Algemeiner last month, senior Trump adviser David Friedman said a Trump administration would “reengage with the world powers in a way that seeks to reintroduce leverage on Iran.”
Watch Netanyahu deliver his remarks to the Saban Forum via video feed below: