Ultimately, the tyrants of Tehran must understand this: If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, it must start acting like a normal country. That has not yet happened.”
https://www.jpost.com-By TOVAH LAZAROFF
Israel lauded the United States’s decision Thursday to trigger the process of snapping back United Nations sanctions against Tehran, a move that if implemented could herald the final demise of the 2015 deal to curb Iran’s nuclear power.
“Israel stands proudly and firmly with the United States, as do governments across the Middle East who opposed the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action [Iran deal] quietly and now support the restoration of sanctions publicly,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu issued a video statement in English from Jerusalem, within less than an hour after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters at UN headquarters in New York that he had formally submitted a request to snapback the sanctions.
Pompeo did so after the 15-member UN Security Council rejected a US authored resolution to extend the UNSC arms embargo against Iran beyond its October 2020 date.
“The Security Council’s failure to act was a dereliction of its duty to protect international peace and security,” he said.
“Unchallenged, this failure effectively makes the Security Council complicit in arming Iran’s murderous regime.
“Fortunately, President Trump and Secretary Pompeo have refused to accept this. Responsible countries should support the United States in seeking a real solution, one that will prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons,” he added.
“I commend the United States for its decision to trigger snapback sanctions against Iran.
“This is the right decision,” Netanyahu said.
“Just as in 2018, the United States made the right decision when it withdrew from the dangerous nuclear deal with Iran. That deal should never have been made. It didn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paved its path to the bomb.
“Two years ago, the agents of Israel obtained the secret Iranian nuclear archive, and we found there indisputable proof that the Iranian nuclear program always was, and still remains, a military nuclear program,” he said.
“And just as I warned the deal would only make Iran richer and more aggressive, it fueled its war machine in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Gaza and beyond, and enabled Iran to further develop its international terror network,” Netanyahu said.
“The fatal flaw in the JCPOA are the so-called sunset clauses. I urged the P5+1 not to agree to a framework which automatically lifts the restrictions on Iran and the sanctions on the regime’s import and export of armaments, its missile program and its nuclear activities,” he added.