Israel says Iran has re­spected nu­clear deal

The Myanmar Times - - World -

ISRAEL’S en­ergy min­is­ter yes­ter­day crit­i­cised a land­mark nu­clear ac­cord be­tween the Jewish state’s arch-foe Iran and world pow­ers but said Tehran had so far re­spected the deal.

The agree­ment, which was signed in July 2015 and came into force in Jan­uary, saw Tehran ac­cept curbs to its nu­clear pro­gram in ex­change for a lift­ing of eco­nomic sanc­tions by world pow­ers.

“It’s a bad deal but it’s an ac­com­plished fact and dur­ing the first year we spot­ted no sig­nif­i­cant breach from the Ira­ni­ans,” said You­val Steinitz, who is close to to Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu.

“But it’s still too early to con­clude that this 12-year deal is a suc­cess.”

Mr Steinitz’s com­ments came af­ter US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama last week de­fended the ac­cord.

For sev­eral months the US and Is­raeli gov­ern­ments have been ne­go­ti­at­ing the terms of a new 10-year de­fence aid pact to re­place the cur­rent one, which ex­pires in 2018 and is worth more than US$3 bil­lion per year.

The Ne­tanyahu gov­ern­ment wants the United States to in­crease the an­nual amount of mil­i­tary as­sis­tance it pro­vides. –

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