President Donald Trump on Thursday warned Iran against a “reckless and aggressive move” to attack Israel, saying Tehran will not be deterred by U.N. Security Council sanctions and a recent cease-fire agreement between the U.K. and Iran.
Trump’s comments came during a White House briefing with Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Trump, who is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later this week, said he will be speaking to Israeli Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Benjamin Netanyahu’s deputy, Tzipi Livni, on Friday to discuss the cease-fires and other pressing issues, including Iran.
“Iran is going to see what they have to see,” Trump said.
“We’ll see what we have to do to deal with Iran.”
Trump said the ceasefires were the result of the efforts of Israel, the United States, Germany and Turkey.
“What happened last week is a great example of what can happen when you have the United Nations, the European Union, all of those, and the Israelis working together,” Trump continued.
“The U.n. was a big, big mistake, but they got their way.”
Netanyahu said the recent agreement between Israel and Iran was the result “of a lot of hard work.”
“It was agreed in good faith.
It is not an agreement we signed because the Iranians were going to do whatever they want,” Netanyahu said, adding that Iran “won’t be determed” by sanctions imposed by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China.
Trump also called the recent ceasefires a “major breakthrough” and “a step in the right direction.”
“I think it was a very important moment in our negotiations.
I think the sanctions are going to have to be lifted, but that’s a great step forward.
We’re on the verge of an historic breakthrough,” he said.
The two sides also agreed to work toward establishing a permanent nuclear weapons-free zone in eastern Syria, a long-standing Syrian issue, and to resume negotiations to end the Syrian civil war.
“Now that the United nations is on board, the sanctions will have to go down,” Trump told the briefing.
“I believe in this deal, but I also believe we should have a permanent, nuclear-free, nuclear zone in the middle of Syria.
That is the best way to stop this violence.”