Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver a speech Monday accusing Iran of violating the international agreement that aimed to prevent the Islamic republic from building nuclear weapons.
The speech, set for 1 p.m., will likely be welcomed by President Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to back out of the deal, which he recently called “insane” and “ridiculous.”
Axios reported that Netanyahu told Israeli officials he’ll provide dramatic information showing Iran is cheating on the deal.
They said he updated Trump on Saturday and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday.
Trump has until May 12 to decide whether to stay in the deal.
“Israeli intelligence services have uncovered a huge amount of new and dramatic information on the Iranian nuclear program. Whoever still believes Iran signed the nuclear deal with honest intentions is going to have a very interesting time this evening,” an Israeli official told the website.
Also Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French President Emmanuel Macron that the US had already breached the deal by repeatedly slamming it, CNN reported.
In a phone call Sunday, Macron and Rouhani agreed to work to preserve the agreement.
He also told Macron that the Iran deal is not negotiable, according to an Iranian statement obtained by the network.
According to Rouhani, Trump’s comments about the deal could hurt Iran’s economy and have created “fear and ambiguity” for different countries and businesses over their relations with Iran.
Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both urged the president to remain in the deal during their visits to the White House last week.
Meanwhile, a missile attack targeting government outposts in Syria’s northern region killed 26 pro-government fighters, mostly Iranians, a Syria war monitoring group said Monday as tensions between Iran and Israel soared.
Iranian media gave conflicting reports about the overnight incident amid speculation that it was carried out by neighboring Israel.
The attack came hours after Netanyahu talked to Trump on the phone. The White House said the two leaders discussed the continuing threats and challenges facing the Middle East, “especially the problems posed by the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities.”
A day earlier, hardliner Pompeo ratcheted up the Trump administration’s rhetoric against Iran and offered warm support for Israel and Saudi Arabia in their standoff with Tehran.
“We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats to Israel and the region and Iran’s ambition to dominate the Middle East remains,” Pompeo said after a nearly two-hour meeting with Netanyahu.
“The United States is with Israel in this fight,” he added on his first trip abroad as America’s top diplomat.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday the time when Iran’s enemies can “hit and run” is over.
“They know if they enter military conflict with Iran, they will be hit multiple times,” he said.
With Post wires
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