Israel: Israel has sent ‘signature’ to US over Iran nuclear deal
Israel has offered to provide the United States with a “signature” of its agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program, in a sign of the deep divide between the two countries.
Netanyahu’s announcement comes as the United Nations Security Council is set to vote on Monday on a resolution that would sanction Iran for its nuclear development, which Iran has rejected.
Israel is currently the only major world power to have publicly supported the deal, but it has also raised questions about its legality under international law.
On Monday, the Israeli prime minister’s office said it was sending a “substantial quantity” of “certificates” and other “assurances” to the US government and the United Kingdom’s government.
The “substantially” heavy shipments of the “signatures” to Washington and the UK came from Israel, the ministry said in a statement.
It said Israel has a “long history of cooperation with the United State in a wide range of fields” and that it is “not concerned with the US or its position on the Iran deal.”
Israel has long expressed concern about the prospect of the agreement, saying that if the US moves forward with a nuclear-armed Iran, it could become a nuclear state.
Netanyahus opposition to the deal is likely to deepen after the Israeli government rejected a UN resolution on Sunday that condemned Iran’s nuclear program.
The US, which is one of Iran’s closest allies, also vetoed a resolution in December that would have condemned the country’s nuclear activity.
Netanayahu has repeatedly said that he is opposed to a deal that would allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, and his government has repeatedly warned that the deal would “put Israel in danger.”