Israel says Iran has respected nuclear deal
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. –