Netanyahu heads to Europe seeking about-face on Iran

PALESTINIANS INSPECT an Islamic Jihad observation post after it was targeted by an Israeli tank

"The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran is duty-bound to prepare the ground for achieving 190 thousand SWUs", Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei was quoted saying by Iranian state media, referring to a measure of uranium enrichment capacity.

"Tehran will attack ten times more if attacked by enemies", who "don't want an independent Iran in the region", Khamenei said.

European signatories are scrambling to save the accord, which they see as crucial to forestalling an Iranian nuclear weapon, by seeking to ring-fence trade with Iran against new US financial sanctions to dissuade Tehran from quitting the deal.

At a news conference later, Yukiya Amano said his statement was "not an expression of concerns or complaints, but rather an encouragement to Iran".

European partners, including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, are now rapidly negotiating to rein in Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

'For Iran, the Palestinian cause is not a tactical issue, nor is it a "political" strategy. The agency's report also said Iran appears to be fulfilling other obligations, but is slow when it comes to "complementary access" inspections. The increase he detailed in his speech would not exceed limits set by the nuclear accord, which European countries have said they hope to salvage.

Trump also objected that the 2015 deal, reached under his predecessor Barack Obama, did not address Iran's nuclear work beyond 2025 or its role in conflicts in Yemen and Syria.

"We have the same goal that Iran must never get a nuclear weapon and the difference between us is how to do that".

Zarif said the US' "illegal withdrawal" from the deal and its "bullying methods to bring other governments in line" with that decision have discredited the rule of law in global arena.

"To that end, Merkel announced at a press conference with Netanyahu following their meeting, "[We] will exert our influence in such a way that Iran is pushed out of this region", with Berlin taking a "very close look at Iran's activities in the region and seek [ing] to contain it", reported the Jerusalem Post.

The possible unraveling of the nuclear deal has raised concerns that the USA or Israel might resort to war if Iran ramps up its nuclear activities.

Asked about Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei comments on Twitter on Sunday calling Iran a "malignant cancerous tumour", Merkel said Germany and its partners had "repeatedly and with great clarity told Iran that we will stand up for Israel's right to security".

'Young Arabs, you should take action and the initiative to control your own future. We will continue our support for oppressed nations, ' he said. Some regional countries act like their own people's enemies, ' he said in an allusion to USA -allied Gulf Arab states who have supported rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a close ally of Tehran.

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