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Iran to Top Netanyahu’s Agenda in London

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5 Sep 2019
Iran to Top Netanyahu’s Agenda in London
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed reporters as he prepared to board a flight to London Thursday morning, saying among other things that “This morning we were informed of another violation, more defiance, by Iran, this time in its striving to attain nuclear weapons. This joins Iran’s aggressive acts against international shipping and against countries in the region, as well as its efforts to carry out murderous attacks against the State of Israel, efforts that have not ceased. This is not the time to hold talks with Iran; this is the time to increase the pressure on Iran. I will discuss all of these issue, and others, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper during my snap visit to London.”

Netanyahu was referring to an announcement by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif that they will soon take actions which they unapologetically declare will be serious violations of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal owing to the failure of a French initiative which would have allowed Iran to bypass some of the economic sanctions imposed on it by the US. The Iranian officials furthermore set a deadline of November for their next violation if their demands are not met.

"From Friday, we will witness research and development on different kinds of centrifuges and new centrifuges and also whatever is needed for enriching uranium in an accelerated way," Rouhani said. "All limitations on our Research and Development will be lifted on Friday... Europe will have another two months to fulfill its commitments."

However, on Wednesday the US Treasury Department moved to sanction an international shipping network which it accused of facilitating the smuggling of Iranian oil.

“Iran continues to take provocative actions to destabilize the region and the world. [The] Treasury’s action against this sprawling petroleum network makes it explicitly clear that those purchasing Iranian oil are directly supporting Iran’s militant and terrorist arm, the IRGC-Quds Force,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “Our actions over the last two weeks should serve as a strong warning to anyone considering facilitating the Quds Force’s oil sales that there will be swift consequences.”

"We did sanctions today,” Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, told reporters in response to French efforts to find ways for Iran to work around the sanctions. “There will be more sanctions coming. We can't make it any clearer that we are committed to this campaign of maximum pressure and we are not looking to grant any exceptions or waivers.” Speaking about the threat for Israel, Hook said that “the IRGC and Quds Force that we sanctioned today is leveraging its foothold in Syria to threaten Israel and its neighbors. And so, Israel has an inherent right of self-defense to take action to prevent imminent attacks against their assets in the region and also to protect their own people. ”

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he remains open to the possibility of meeting with Rouhani but has no intention of easing sanctions without a sharp change in Iranian behavior.

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