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Revise or cancel Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu demands

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The Iranian nuclear deal is “bad” and needs to be fixed or canceled, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ahead of a visit to the United States, where he is expected to meet President Donald Trump and push for changes, Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

An Israeli official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity ahead of the discussions, said the Israeli government’s main concern is the “sunset clause,” which sets expiration dates on limits imposed on Iran’s nuclear program.

Changes to those provisions are among several demands Netanyahu will present to Trump during their meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, according to a report Wednesday on Israel Army Radio.

Israel’s opposition to the Iranian nuclear deal is not new, but analysts say Netanyahu probably sees a new window of opportunity to change it. Global concern over North Korea’s nuclear program is mounting, and Trump has repeatedly signaled a desire to kill the Iran deal.

The new impetus comes as Israel nervously watches Iran and its proxy force Hezbollah build a presence in neighboring Syria, where they are fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Netanyahu has accused Iran of building sites in Syria and Lebanon to produce missiles.

“Our position is straightforward. This is a bad deal. Either fix it — or cancel it. This is Israel’s position,” Netanyahu said in Argentina on Tuesday night as he toured South America before traveling to New York for the U.N. General Assembly.