Israeli Minister: North Korea, Iran cooperating on ballistic missile program

Israeli Minister: North Korea, Iran cooperating on ballistic missile program

Macron later told French reporters that he has no "inside information" on Trump's decision on the Iran deal but noted that it's clear the us president "is not very much eager to defend it".

"I will say it is written nearly with an assumption that Iran would try to cheat", he said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Israeli leaders have lobbied against Trump's proposal to pull USA troops out of Syria, and sought to persuade Russian Federation not to send state-of-the-art air defenses there.

"I think it will be very good if the North Koreans will finish and go out of the nuclear business and capabilities", he said.

In response, the Kremlin also emphasized "the inviolability of the nuclear deal with Iran", RIA Novosti reported.

Macron and other European leaders have been promising add-ons to the accord that will address US concerns about issues including Iran's ballistic missile program and its regional interventions.

Mattis said he does not see this as the most important consideration with Iran, given that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has been consistently unreliable in honoring any agreement.

"I think that now we have to be very tough with Iran", said Katz, who wants to succeed Netanyahu as Israel's next Prime Minister. "If he will give them the S-300, about what can he talk about with us afterward?"

France's President Emmanuel Macron was hosted by Trump in Washington on a landmark state visit on Tuesday in which the Iran nuclear deal was discussed widely. "And we have the evidence", he said.

In addition, the nuclear deal is narrowly focused and does not address the country's ballistic missile programs or its support for terrorist groups and dictators across the Middle East.

"In light of Kim's family and himself breaking every global treaty, every agreement, they've ever made" - whether with South Korea or the United States - "I'm less concerned with that ripple effect right now", Mattis said.

Merkel conceded it was "anything but perfect" but is worth holding on to nonetheless. Trump is threatening to pull out of the deal May 12 if those fixes can't be agreed.

Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, encouraged the European signatories to the nuclear deal on Monday to convince US President Donald Trump not to "nix" the deal as he has threatened to do. Its implementation began in January 2016.

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