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Israel calls for stronger sanctions against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community to strengthen sanctions against Iran and noted that the situation with coronavirus did not reduce Israel’s determination to act against Tehran.

Earlier, France Presse reported with reference to the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency that the amount of enriched uranium in Iran exceeds the limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal by almost eight times, the Agency also informs that the IAEA in the report expresses concern about Iran’s refusal provide access to two nuclear facilities.

“Iran has systematically violated its obligations by hiding places and enriching fissile materials, committed other violations ... the reality, of course, requires in the light of these revelations that the international community join the United States and impose paralyzing sanctions on Iran,” Netanyahu said at a meeting cabinet on Sunday.

“In any case, the coronavirus has not diminished our determination to act against Iranian aggression. I repeat: Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and will continue to methodically act against Iranian military-based attempts to strengthen its borders,” he added.

In 2015, the Six (Great Britain, Germany, China, Russia, the USA, France) and Iran announced the achievement of a Joint Comprehensive Action Plan. The agreement provided for the lifting of sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran’s nuclear program. The transaction in its original form did not survive even three years: in May 2018, the United States announced a unilateral withdrawal from it and the restoration of stringent sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Iran announced a phased reduction of its obligations under the agreement.

Iran has repeatedly stated that the nuclear program is peaceful and the country does not intend to develop nuclear weapons.

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