Mon Apr 30th, 2018 at 04:53:31 PM EST
Netanyahu to make 'significant' announcement on Iran
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver a speech at 8pm (local time) on Monday evening on a "significant development regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran," according to the Prime Minister's Office.
No more details were given of the announcement, which will be made from the Kiryah military headquarters in Tel Aviv, according to a brief statement from Netanyahu's office.
Netanyahu spoke by phone with US President Donald Trump over the weekend about Iran, according to the White House.
A statement on Sunday said: "The two leaders discussed the continuing threats and challenges facing the Middle East region, especially the problems posed by the Iranian regime's destabilizing activities."
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Netanyahu to address country with 'dramatic news about Iran' Monday night | JPost / Reuters |
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make a televised announcement Monday evening in what his office said would disclose "dramatic news" regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran.
In a corresponding move, Netanyahu cancelled a scheduled speech at the Knesset in honor of Theodore Herzl day. Channel 10 reports Meir Ben Shabbat, head of the National Security Council, will hold phone calls with colleagues in the UK and France to update them about developments with the Iranian nuclear program.
The announcement will be made from Israel's military headquarters in Tel Aviv, according to a brief statement from Netanyahu's office.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif disparaged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as "the boy who can't stop crying wolf" in a Twitter post, ahead of the Israeli leader's speech.
Saudi Arabia eyes better Iran deal amid Pompeo visit | Gulf News |
New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reassured Saudi Arabia that the United States would abandon the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, reached under President Donald Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, unless there is an agreement in talks with European partners to improve it to make sure the Islamic Republic never possesses a nuclear weapons.
"Iran destabilises this entire region," Pompeo said in a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir.
"It supports proxy militias and terrorist groups. It is an arms dealer to Al Houthi rebels in Yemen. It supports the murderous Al Assad regime (in Syria) as well."
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A few days ago Pompeo stressed no decision made on Iran nuclear deal
Pompeo met briefly with Saudi King Salman on Sunday before heading directly to Occupied Jerusalem for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The visit by Pompeo was hailed by observers as an indication of the US commitment to the defence of Saudi Arabia, and other friends and partners in the region, they said.
○ Pompeo's firm stance on Tehran's aggression could have profound implications for regional stability | The National |
○ European powers reaffirm support for Iran nuclear deal | DW |
From Moscow ...
○ Russia, China Denounce U.S. Efforts To Change Iran Deal, World Trade Rules | RFERL |