We will ‘push Iran out of this region,’ vows Merkel


Last month, in its first report since the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal that Israel also opposes, the IAEA said that Iran continues to stay below the maximum level to which it allowed to enrich uranium and appears to be fulfilling other obligations.

"In a letter that will be handed over to the International Atomic Energy Agency".

European signatories are scrambling to save the accord, which they see as crucial to forestalling an Iranian nuclear weapons, by protecting trade with Iran against the reimposition of USA sanctions to dissuade Tehran from quitting the deal.

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.

But he said he may sway them on certain details not included in the deal, such as Iran's missile development and the expiration of restrictions on nuclear activity.

"The leader meant that we should accelerate some process. linked to our nuclear work capacity to move forward faster in case needed", Kamalvandi said, referring to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The Netanyahu visit came as the director general of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said his inspectors had access to all the sites his team needed to visit in Iran.

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"The aim to prevent Iran from developing any kind of nuclear capacity was always the foundation of worldwide policy on Iran", Israel's ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, told AFP ahead of the visit. "UF6 (uranium hexafluoride). will start on Tuesday", Kamalvandi said.

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.

Late last month, the supreme leader outlined Iran's demands for it to stay in the nuclear deal.

The United States' allies in Europe must make a decision whether to stand with the United States or with Iran, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said Monday, in response to calls from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari for the world to stand up to President Donald Trump's "bullying" behavior after the president pulled out of the accord last month. "We aren't surprised, and will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons".

The 2015 deal limited Iran to enriching uranium only to 3.67%, far below the roughly 90% threshold of weapons-grade material.

Khamenei also said Iran had no intention of curbing its influence in the Middle East as demanded by the Western powers and urged Arab youth to stand up to USA pressure.

"Although we have a different opinion on the usefulness of the deal and its effectiveness, as Germany didn't cancel the agreement as other European country didn't, we were at one in saying that this issue of regional influence on the region is worrying, particularly for the security of Israel".