Netanyahu to Present Trump With Plan for Scrapping Nuclear Deal At UN

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TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present President Donald Trump with a detailed plan for how to change or scrap the Iran nuclear deal at a meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Monday.

According to a Channel 2 report Saturday, Netanyahu’s proposal will outline how “to cancel or at the very least introduce significant changes” to the JCPOA signed under the Obama administration.

“Our position is straightforward. This is a bad deal. Either fix it — or cancel it. This is Israel’s position,” said Netanyahu in Buenos Aires on Tuesday during a trip to Latin America.

Netanyahu denied a Reuters report citing U.S. officials close to the deal as saying that Israel and Saudi Arabia would not be in favor of scrapping the deal entirely and despite reservations about Iran’s behavior, would prefer it remain intact.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu will address the UNGA and is expected to focus on the threat posed by a growing Iranian military presence in Syria and Lebanon.

Trump has said that he may make changes to the deal and has until October 15 to announce whether Iran has held up its end of the agreement.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Sunday that Tehran will respond to any “wrong move” by the U.S.

“The Iranian nation has stood firmly and any wrong move by the hegemonic system on the JCPOA would draw a reaction from the Islamic Republic,” he said, according to Iran’s Press TV.

He added on Twitter that the U.S. was the “great Satan” full of “viciousness.”

President Hassan Rouhani, meanwhile, was less direct in his criticism, using the metaphor of a dinner table to show how good the deal is.

Rouhani said on Sunday that the U.S. is “sitting in another room” at the party.

“They can adopt a new path and come to the room where the dinner table is. That’s alright in our opinion. If they change their bad temper they can enjoy the dinner table,” he added.

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