PM Explains Talks With US President Donald Trump Focused Mainly On Iran

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US President Donald Trump has extended the national emergency with respect to Iran that was declared on March 15, 1995, according to his letter to the US House of Representatives speaker and the Senate President.

Trump told Netanyahu that he was seeking "significant changes" to the 2015 deal, but that so far European powers Germany, France, and the United Kingdom have so far only offered "cosmetic changes", a report published Sunday by the Axios news website said. "It is hardly worth saying that we will not allow this, to put it mildly".

"This will require a "soft exit" that would secure American agreement to delay enforcement of secondary USA sanctions so European and other worldwide companies could continue trading with and investing in Iran without the threat of their losing the American market", the article said.

"Trump said he demands "significant changes" in the Iran deal itself and not simply the addition of a supplemental agreement between the US and the European countries, according to the officials".

The deal has been criticized for failing to address Iran's ballistic weapons program and for including "sunset clauses" under which numerous restrictions on Iran's nuclear program would expire, and for failing to create an adequate inspection regime to assess Iran's compliance with the agreement. A large part of it was devoted to this issue.

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"If I have a message for you today, it is a very simple one: We must stop Iran, we will stop Iran", he said.

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.

As Tillerson was replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a vocal opponent of the JCPOA, Votel warned that a breakdown of the deal would mean the USA needed to find another solution to address accusations that Iran was planning to build nuclear weapons, charges that Tehran has vehemently denied.

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

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