President Donald Trump reportedly promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he will withdraw the U.S. from the controversial Iran nuclear deal if his demands are not met.
Two senior Israeli officials reportedly told Axios that Trump is asking for “significant changes” to the Iran deal:
The officials say Trump told Netanyahu that until now the three European powers only proposed “cosmetic changes” that he doesn’t find satisfactory. Trump said he demands “significant changes” in the Iran deal itself and not simply the addition of a supplemental agreement between the U.S. and the European countries, according to the officials.
Axios also reported that Trump has even set a “deadline” to “fix” the deal:
Trump has set May 12th as the deadline to reach an agreement with France, Germany and the U.K. to “fix” the nuclear deal and avoid U.S. withdrawal. In the last 2 months, two rounds of talks were held in London and Paris between senior diplomats from the four countries. A third round is expected this Thursday in Berlin. Israel is not a party to the talks directly but is updated on their contents.
In a speech to the AIPAC conference, Vice President Mike Pence’s words seemed to confirm the report.
“Unless the Iran nuclear deal is fixed in the coming months, the United States of America will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal immediately,” he said.