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Netanyahu urges Macron to 'fix' Iran nuclear deal

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

Israeli Benjamin told French today that changing the nuclear deal between and world powers would increase the chances of it remaining in place.

Netanyahu's phone call with Macron came a day after US demanded that European partners work with to "fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the will withdraw".

In his conversation with Macron, the Israeli said that "Trump's remarks should be taken seriously, and whoever wants to keep the nuclear deal would be wise to fix it", a statement from Netanyahu's office read.

also told Macron the free world should "strongly condemn the five crimes of the Iranian regime", listing "efforts to obtain nuclear weapons... developing ballistic missiles... supporting terror... regional aggression" and "the cruel repression of Iranian citizens".

On Thursday, Macron told Trump that it was important for all signatories to respect the nuclear agreement.

has rejected the notion of any modification of the 2015 nuclear deal, and has the backing of all of the partners to the agreement - Britain, China, France, Germany, and the - apart from the

says is dedicated to its destruction and supports global terror, in addition to backing Palestinian Islamic militants and and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah.

The Jewish state is also concerned that the nuclear deal - which it opposed - would not prevent Iran from eventually having nuclear weapons.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 01:05 IST