US President Donald Trump reportedly told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a closed-door meeting at the White House last week that Washington would not show any flexibility on its demands for amending the Iran nuclear accord in negotiations with European co-signatories.
"The officials say Trump told Netanyahu that until now the three European powers only proposed "cosmetic changes" that he doesn't find satisfactory".
Trump is demanding "significant changes" to the Iran deal, not just additional agreements between the USA and the European nations, and said he would pull out of the deal if those changes aren't made, Israeli officials told Axios.
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. While the claims were made anonymously, The White House and Israeli officials did not refute Axios reporting when asked for comment.More news: United Nations investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis
Netanyahu discussed Iran in similar terms to those in his speech at AIPAC last week, pressing that, to Iran, Israel is the "little Satan" standing in the way of Iran's goal of Middle Eastern - and eventually - world domination.
"When you look at the Iran deal, I thought it was awful". A third round is expected this Thursday in Berlin. I told him what I thought: "That the nuclear agreement with Iran must be either totally fixed or totally canceled, and there were detailed discussions on this issue", he said.
Netanyahu and Trump's meeting on Monday was their fifth over the past year.
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