Donald Trump Renews National Emergency with Respect to Iran

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday of a nuclear arms race in the West Asia if the deal to limit Iran's nuclear programme was not changed or revoked.

US President Donald Trump has extended the national emergency with respect to Iran that was declared on March 15, 1995, according to his letter to the US House of Representatives speaker and the Senate President.

During the meeting, the USA president allegedly said that until now, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, the three European Union signatories to the deal, only proposed "cosmetic changes" that he did not find satisfactory, the Axios news website reported.

Netanyahu identified the three greatest threats to Israel as "Iran, Iran and Iran", and cited Trump's agreement as one of the reasons for his strong friendship with the often controversial American president.

Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the U.S., UK, France, Russia, and China - Germany and the European Union struck the nuclear deal on July 14, 2015.

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The White House and Netanyahu's office refused to comment to Axios on the report.

While Pence's announcement echoed President Trump's declaration that he had re-certified the deal in January "for the last time", the president later set a deadline of May 12 for negotiations between the U.S. and the "European Three" (the UK, France and Germany) in hopes of securing a better deal, though Iranian leaders have adamantly declared that they won't accept any modifications to the original deal.

Israel does not partake in the talks directly but is updated on any progress regarding the negotiations. In the last 2 months, two rounds of talks were held in London and Paris between senior diplomats from the four countries.

"If the Europeans and others manage to keep the deal in place without triggering a major transatlantic rift, the door would be left open for the United States to re-join the agreement at a future time".

In his speech, Pence echoed Trump's description of the deal as "disastrous". Stories like this are made possible by readers like you.

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