Netanyahu Heads to London Seeking Joint Stance on Iran

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Netanyahus on their way to London, Feb. 5, 2017.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, boarding their plane for London, Feb. 5, 2017Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday in London. Before boarding a plane for the U.K., Netanyahu underlined that he seeks a joint stance against Iran.

In remarks at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Netanyahu underlined the opportunity presented at the moment for strengthening ties with the new governments in London and in Washington, but added that Tehran was also aware of this and is trying to test the boundaries through what he called "extraordinary aggression, impudence and defiance."

"I think what's most important at the moment is that countries like the United States in the lead but also such as Israel and Britain stand together against the Iranian aggression and set clear boundaries. That will be the first among many topics that I will speak to British Prime Minister Theresa May about and of course also with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson."

Netanyahu and May's meeting will be their first summit since May took office in July after her predecessor David Cameron stepped down over the results of the Brexit vote held the previous month.  Netanyahu's London visit will be followed a week and a half later by a visit to Washington, where he will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump. 

Earlier, Netanyahu said a joint front against Iran was needed especially following a recent ballistic missile test conducted by Tehran, which the prime minister said was "Iran's latest defiance against the international order."

Netanyahu said the missile test violated a UN Security Council resolution and vowed to talk to Trump about renewing sanctions against Tehran.

The United States on Friday imposed new sanctions on 13 Iranian individuals and 12 organizations over the missile test. A senior U.S. administration official said the sanctions were an "initial step" in response to Iran's "provocative behavior," suggesting more could follow if Tehran does not curb its ballistic missile program and continues support for Houthi militia in Yemen.

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