18 June 2023

Prime Minister Netanyahu asserted that “our first mission is to stop the nuclearisation of Iran. We have made it clear to our American friends… that we oppose the agreements, first of all the original agreement, the JCPOA, which will only pave Iran’s way to a bomb and line its pockets with hundreds of billions of dollars. Our persistent opposition has contributed to the fact that the U.S. is not returning to this agreement. We have also told them that the most limited understandings, what are termed ‘mini-agreements’, do not – in our view – serve the goal and we are opposed to them as well”. “The State of Israel”, Netanyahu asserted, “will do whatever it needs to, with its own means, to defend itself from Iranian aggression both in the nuclear sphere and, of course, through its use of terrorist proxies”.

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