As Deal Kicks in, PM Credits Israel with Deferring Iran Nukes

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israeli efforts had put a nuclear bomb out of Iran’s reach for the time being, a day after the implementation of the landmark accord and the removal of sanctions from the Islamic Republic was announced.

“If it weren’t for our efforts leading the way in enforcing the sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program, Iran would have had a nuclear weapon long ago,” the prime minister said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

“Israel’s position is, and remains exactly as it has always been — to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. What’s clear is that Iran will now turn its resources toward its terrorist activity in the region and rest of the world, and Israel is prepared to handle that threat,” he said.

The premier, who has been perhaps the most vocal opponent of the deal on the global stage, reiterated remarks he made in a statement on Saturday evening, and called on world powers to reinstate “severe” sanctions on Iran if it breaches the terms of the nuclear agreement.

Read more at the Times of Jerusalem


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