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Netanyahu calls start of new Iran sanctions a 'historic day'

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Israeli on Monday called the start of new US sanctions against his country's main enemy a "historic day" that will reduce Tehran's "aggression" in the region.

"Today is a historic day," told lawmakers from his Likud party, according to his office.

"Today is the day the US under (Donald) Trump's leadership imposed extremely harsh sanctions on Iran, the harshest sanctions imposed on since the effort to curb its aggression began."

Earlier Monday, Israeli called the new sanctions a "critical" blow to Iran's actions in the region.

The measures described by as "the toughest sanctions ever" follow Trump's controversial decision in May to abandon the multi-nation nuclear deal with

They aim to significantly reduce Iran's -- which have already fallen by around one million barrels a day since May -- and cut it off from international had long opposed the nuclear deal, saying it was too limited in scope and timeframe.

It also said the lifting of sanctions allowed Iran to militant groups and its own military activity.

is particularly concerned with Iran's involvement in neighbouring and has pledged to keep it from entrenching itself militarily there.

The other parties to the nuclear deal -- Britain, France, Germany, and -- opposed the US move and say the accord is working as intended in keeping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons for now.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 20:00 IST