Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" that he intends to ask Donald Trump to scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran once the president-elect takes office, and even suggest several ways in which to do so.
"There are ways, various ways of undoing it," Netanyahu told Lesley Stahl in the interview, which is set to be aired Sunday night.
"I think what options we have are much more than you think. Many more. .. I have about five things in my mind. I’d like to talk to the president (about it)," Netanyahu said.
Since he became prime minister in April 2009 and particularly in the year before the deal between Iran and world powers was signed in July 2015, Netanyahu has warned dozens of times against Iran's intention of attaining nuclear weapons. Netanyahu even warned before the deal was signed that the Iranians were close to having enough moderately enriched uranium to enable them to rush toward a bomb quickly, once they make that decision.
On "60 Minutes," Netanyahu reversed his position. He claimed that if the nuclear deal is canceled Iran will not rush toward nuclear weapons. He stressed that even before the deal, Iran was deterred from making such a breakout. "I think Iran didn’t rush to the bomb before there was a deal… because they were afraid of retribution," he told Stahl.
About a week ago, Netanyahu addressed the Saban Forum in Washington via a video link and said that he looks forward to discuss the "bad Iran deal" with Trump. The prime minister said Iran had become even more aggressive since the signing of a nuclear agreement with world powers last year.
When asked by businessman Haim Saban whether military action against Iran was still an option, Netanyahu said, "When I say we're committed to prevent Iran, I mean we're committed."
Trump has been highly critical of the Iran deal during his election campaign, calling it "stupid," a "disgrace" and "the worst deal ever negotiated." However, he said that he will not cancel the deal, but reopen it to negotiation. Gen. James Mattis, Trump's pick for secretary of defense, is a strong opponent of Iran but has said that he opposes nixing the deal.
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