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Trump, Netanyahu Discuss Iran's 'Malign Actions' in Phone Call

Trump, Netanyahu Discuss Iran's 'Malign Actions' in Phone Call

Thursday, 11 July, 2019 - 17:30
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they pose at the White House in Washington, US, March 25, 2019. (Reuters)
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US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Iran during a telephone call on Wednesday, announced the White House.

“The two leaders discussed cooperation between the United States and Israel in advancing shared national security interests, including efforts to prevent Iran’s malign actions in the region,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said on Thursday.

Netanyahu’s office said the leaders discussed Trump’s latest warning - issued by tweet on Wednesday - to further tighten sanctions against Iran.

He confirmed the conversation, tweeting that the leaders had discussed "regional developments and security issues."

“The prime minister expressed his appreciation for the president’s intention of increasing the sanctions against Iran,” said the PM’s office.

Trump on Wednesday had threatened to “substantially” increase sanctions on Tehran to curb its nuclear activities.

Netanyahu delivered a thinly veiled threat to Iran earlier this week shortly after Tehran announced it had started enriching uranium beyond the limit set by a 2015 agreement with world powers. Netanyahu has been a vocal critic of Iran and has vowed that he would never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in the nuclear accord, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran and tensions have escalated.

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