Netanyahu on European mission to dismantle Iran pact

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In December 2015, the International Atomic Energy Agency's governing board voted overwhelmingly in favor of a draft resolution, which closed the so-called possible military dimensions (PMD) case in Iran's nuclear program.

The Iran deal paved the way for the partial lifting of worldwide sanctions against the country, in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear programme for a number of years.

Speaking to media on Tuesday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz claimed that Iran had once been running an "unsupervised" enrichment scheme with the potential of arming the country with nuclear weapons.

According to Reuters, asking the EIB to invest in Iran had "symbolic value as European Union officials see it as one of the easiest to deliver on in response to Iran's demands that it show proof of its commitment to the nuclear deal".

Netanyahu was hoping to get Germany, France and Britain to soften support for the joint comprehensive plan of action, from 2015, under which Iran agreed to dramatically reduce its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.

Iran has said it has the option of resuming industrial-scale enrichment now that the US has withdrawn from the deal.

President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that he was pulling the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, arguing that the worldwide accord was not in America's "national interest".

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that Iran's goal is to wage a religious war in Syria and that the Islamic Regime is seeking nuclear weapons to fulfill its "genocidal designs" to destroy Israel.

Israel argues the lifting of sanctions under the nuclear deal allowed Iran to expand its presence in the Middle East, both through its own forces and with proxy groups.

On Sunday, Khamenei's office tweeted what appeared to be an old quote from Iran's top leader that referred to Israel as a "malignant cancerous tumor" that needed to be removed.

While Merkel recognized the need to investigate evidence Israel extracted from Iran related to the Islamic Republic's covert nuclear weapons program, she stood by the European position regarding the JCPOA's ability to contain the Iranian nuclear threat.

"We are not in agreement on all questions, but we are friends, we are partners", Merkel said of Netanyahu.

Major General Ali Jafari, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said a year ago that it had missiles with a 2,000-km (1,240-mile) range that could hit arch-enemy Israel and "most American interests and forces" in the Middle East.

Speaking at the first meeting of the IAEA's board of governors since Trump threw the future of the deal in doubt, rebutted suggestions that Iran was not cooperating.

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