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September 12, 2017 2:27 pm

Netanyahu Urged to Lobby Trump on Future of Iran Nuclear Deal

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The heavy water reactor in Arak, Iran. Photo: Nanking2012 via Wikimedia Commons. – Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to lobby President Donald Trump to change or cancel the Iran nuclear deal at his upcoming meeting with the US leader in late September.

“Iran needs to be forced to sign a new agreement, one that will never let it advance to nuclear weapons, as President Trump promised, and which will also include the issues of missiles and Iran’s support of terror,” Katz said in a speech at a IDC Herzliya’s annual Counter-Terrorism conference.

Katz, who also serves as transportation minister, said the deal “protects Iran’s ability to get nuclear capabilities in the future.”

Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Trump during his visit to New York next week to address the United Nations General Assembly. The Israeli prime minister has been an outspoken critic of the Iran nuclear deal and had pressed former President Barack Obama against it.

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During the 2016 campaign, Trump repeatedly called the deal “disastrous” and promised to “rip it up.”

While Trump has yet to make any changes to the deal, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggested recently that Trump may not certify the Iran deal and let Congress decide its fate.

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