Trump Says US to Quit Iran Deal if Significant Changes Not Made

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President Donald Trump reportedly informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the USA will not be flexible with European powers in negotiating changes to the stipulations and limitations around Iran's nuclear program.

During the meeting, the USA president allegedly said that until now, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, the three European Union signatories to the deal, only proposed "cosmetic changes" that he did not find satisfactory, the Axios news website reported. The US president also threatened to withdraw the US from the agreement if it is not amended.

Trump, who has termed the accord "the worst deal ever", has demanded that the agreement's so-called "sunset clause" be removed, that a ban on ballistic missile testing be added, and that it outline a framework for increased inspection access to Iran's military sites.

US President Donald Trump has renewed the national emergency with respect to Iran for one more year, beyond March 15, 2018 according to a Presidential statement dated March 12. A large part of it was devoted to this issue.

Fresh off talks with Trump, Netanyahu vowed in a barnstorming speech at the AIPAC conference in Washington that Israel would never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.

United States officials will pick up discussions with their European Union counterparts about the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump has said that he will allow for the reimposition of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran upon a mid-May waiver deadline unless Europe agrees to some form of renegotiation.

"President Trump has made it clear that his administration will not accept Iran's aggression in the region".

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning 24 Adar, addressed the weekly cabinet meeting following his official visit to the United States last week.

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