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Netanyahu: We will not allow Iran to achieve nuclear weaponry

May 8, 2019 3:15 P.M. (Updated: May 9, 2019 2:21 P.M.)
TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a Memorial Day ceremony, held on Wednesday, reiterated his governments' long-held Israeli position regarding not allowing Iran to achieve nuclear weaponry.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Netanyahu said, "On my way here, I heard that Iran intends to pursue its nuclear program."

He added, "We will not allow Iran to achieve nuclear weaponry. We will continue to fight those who would kill us."

Netanyahu's remarks came after an announcement by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that Iran would stop complying with two of its commitments under the Iranian nuclear deal.

In a televised speech, on Wednesday, Rouhani said that Iran would hold onto stockpiles of excess uranium and heavy water, used in its nuclear reactors.
He gave a 60-day deadline for new terms to the nuclear accord, after which Tehran would resume higher uranium enrichment, stressing “We are ready to negotiate, within the boundaries of JCPOA,” referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.
He added, “It is not us who has left the negotiation table.”

In November 2018, the United States reimposed sanctions that have strangled Iran’s oil and banking sectors, as well as its foreign trade, which came after Donald Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the pact that Iran negotiated in 2015 and that curbed its nuclear program in exchange for widespread sanctions relief.
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