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Netanyahu accuses Europe of 'appeasing' Iran

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

Israeli on Wednesday accused European leaders of "appeasing" instead of confronting its militant activity.

Netanyahu's remarks, made in a cabinet meeting, feed into his ongoing efforts to sway world leaders to join the US in upping pressure on Israel's arch foe through sanctions.

"The time has come for the world to unite in the fight against terrorist organisations. It is doing so to a certain extent against the Islamic State group, but it is not doing so against Iran," said.

He accused European leaders of "appeasing" and "reconciling" with

In May, US withdrew from a nuclear deal between and world powers, before re-imposing a first major round of unilateral sanctions on in August.

had consistently called for the landmark 2015 accord to be altered or scrapped, saying it was too limited in scope and time-frame, and did nothing to stop Iran financing militant activities in the region.

European powers are seeking to save the nuclear deal and have vowed to keep providing Iran with the economic benefits it received from the accord.

Germany, and Britain -- and other signatories and -- argue that the agreement has worked as intended in keeping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons for now.

"The appeasement of Iran abets the relentless assault on the values and security of the free societies, and the time has come for Western governments to join the strong and clear effort by the against the terror regime in Tehran," Netanyahu said on Wednesday.

has sought to build up multilateral pressure on Iran and has set a November 5 deadline for halting its

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 20:35 IST