Netanyahu: World must re-impose sanctions if Iran violates nuke deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed the lifting of sanctions against Iran and said that world powers must be prepared to restore them in case of any breach of the nuclear deal.

"The international community must impose severe and aggressive sanctions on any violation," he said at a cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu repeated his criticism that the deal struck with Iran last year would allow the Islamic republic to develop nuclear weapons and give Tehran more resources for its "terrorist and hostile activities in the region and in the world."

"Israel's policy was and remains exactly as it was - we will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon," he told his cabinet, adding: "Israel is ready to deal with any threat."

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed on Saturday that Iran had kept its side of the agreement with six major powers by significantly scaling down its nuclear programme.

In return, the United States and the European Union said they were lifting the economic sanctions on Iran that had left the country internationally isolated for years.

Last update: Sun, 17/01/2016 - 14:16

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