Netanyahu in UK Monday, US Next Week, with Iran Topping Agenda

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, arrive in the UK, Screen Capture
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, arrive in the UK, Screen Capture

JERUSALEM, Israel – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, arrived in London early Monday morning for meetings with his British counterpart, Theresa May.

Before leaving, Netanyahu told reporters Israel is "in a period of diplomatic opportunities and challenges," especially with the Iranian regime, which appears to be ignoring the boundaries of the U.S.-led nuclear deal.

"They are trying to test the boundaries with extraordinary aggression, gall and defiance," Netanyahu said. "I think the most important thing at the moment is that countries like the U.S., which will take the lead, Israel and the U.K. line up together against Iran's aggression and set clear limits to it. This will be the first issue, among many, that I will discuss with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and, of course, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson."


Netanyahu said Iran will also top next week's meetings in Washington with President Trump.  

Over the weekend, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against several companies and individuals involved in Iran's ballistic missile program, saying he's putting Iran "on notice." Iran has carried out about a dozen ballistic missile tests over the past couple of years.

Nearly two years ago, on February 11, 2015, at the invitation of former House Speaker John Boehner, Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress on the dangers of the nuclear deal.

The Obama administration said Netanyahu fell short of diplomatic protocol by accepting the invitation without White House approval. Obama vowed to veto any new economic sanctions against Iran by Congress.

For more than a decade, Netanyahu has warned about the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran.

Meanwhile, Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said it had increased its uranium stockpile by 60 percent since the 2015 agreement.

Speaking with FARS, Iran's state-run news agency, Salehi said 210 tons of uranium were delivered in 2016, and another 149 tons will arrive this week.


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