The Iranian nuclear deal is “bad” and needs to be fixed or canceled, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said ahead of a visit to the U.S. Changes to the “sunset clause” which sets expiration dates on limits imposed on Iran’s nuclear program are among several demands Netanyahu will present to President Trump during their meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, according to a report Wednesday on Israel Army Radio. Netanyahu has said that the agreement in its current form shortens the breakout time for Iranian development of nuclear weapons. After 10 years, this breakout time will shrink to zero.
According to the Army Radio report, Netanyahu will ask Trump to prevent Iran from conducting research in the nuclear field and developing advanced-stage centrifuges. Israel will also demand that Iran cease developing long-range missiles and that a clause be added to the agreement to limit Iran’s support of organizations such as Hamas and Hizbullah, which Israel and the U.S. consider terrorist groups.
With deep concern over North Korea’s nuclear tests, there is currently an “opportunity” to send a message over the Iranian threat, said Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and a former director of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs. “It’s clear that if we don’t do anything, Iran will become a new North Korea, except more dangerous.”