President Trump spoke with PM Netanyahu about Iran, the White House said, the same day the U.S. president threatened to “substantially” increase sanctions on Tehran to curb its nuclear activities.
“The two leaders discussed cooperation between the United States and Israel in advancing shared national security interests, including efforts to prevent Iran’s malign actions in the region,” a White House statement says.
Netanyahu praised President Trump for tweeting he would soon increase sanctions on Iran during their phone call yesterday, the Prime Minister’s Office says.
“The prime minister expressed his appreciation for the president’s intention of increasing the sanctions against Iran,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.
Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.
PM Netanyahu on Sunday addressed the Iranian announcement regarding enrichment of uranium. Iran’s decision is a “very dangerous step.” Netanyahu said.
“Iran has violated its solemn promise under the U.N. Security Council not to enrich uranium beyond a certain level,” Netanyahu said.
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“I call on my friends, the heads of France, Britain, and Germany – you signed this deal and you said that as soon as they take this step, severe sanctions will be imposed – that was the Security Council resolution. Where are you?”
“The enrichment of uranium is made for one reason and one reason only – it’s for the creation of atomic bombs,” Netanyahu added.