Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded sanctions from Europe immediately Monday, as Iran accumulates more uranium by the day.
“I say again that Israel will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said in a statement to Reuters.
Netanyahu’s demands are a response to Iran accumulating over 660 lbs. of low-enriched uranium–a direct violation of the 2015 nuclear deal– which limited Iran’s nuclear holdings in exchange for their participation in global banking systems, according to Fox News.
The United Nations in 2015 lifted a series of sanctions on Iran that dated back to 1979, following their participation in the deal. It was a agreed upon that if the muslim country didn’t uphold their end of the bargain, the sanctions would return, according to a Vox Report.
Netanyahu seems to remember this stipulation.
“On this day I also call on all European countries to stand behind their commitments. You committed to act the moment Iran violates the nuclear agreement, you committed to activate the mechanism for automatic sanctions that was set in the (U.N.) Security Council,” he added, according to Reuters.
President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018, calling it “decaying” and “rotten.” The Obama-era agreement reportedly cost the U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars, BBC reports.
Trump issued “hard-hitting” sanctions of his own on Iran on June 24 in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. drone. The sanctions have reportedly “locked up billions of dollars” of Iran’s financial assets, according to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
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