Israel: Netanyahu supports 'snapback sanctions' on Iran as US envoy calls for arms embargo extension

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he believed «snapback sanctions» were necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. «I don't believe we can afford to wait, we should not wait for Iran to start its breakout to a nuclear weapon because when that happens it will be too late for sanctions,» Netanyahu said at a press conference alongside US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Netanyahu added, «We have serious issues to discuss, so serious they cannot even wait for COVID-19.» Hook who is on a Middle East tour to seek support for the extension of a 13-year arms embargo on Tehran added, «It is a danger to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and I have visited these countries on my trip to the Middle East and they are saying the same thing in a very loud and clear voice to the UN security council, that the thirteen-year arms embargo on Iran must be continued, it cannot expire.» As the press briefing ended, Netanyahu disinfected his hands and elbow-bumped with Hook whose hands he had shaken before in a moment of alleged forgetfulness. «I was so swept away by the strength of our friendship that I grabbed your hand, so now we will both do this because we are committed to the corona regime and to our friendship, and therefore this is another elbow shake. That's it. That's as far as we go,» the Israeli Prime Minister claimed. The 13-year UN weapons embargo on Iran is set to expire in October 2020. Mandatory credit: GPO
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