Netanyahu meets United Kingdom premier for talks on Iran, settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will emphasize the need for a united global response to Iran's ballistic missile tests when he meets with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday, just days ahead of his White House visit with President Donald Trump. "It seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged "responsible nations" to join new sanctions against Iran on Monday during a visit to London, but Britain defended a nuclear deal sealed between major powers and Tehran.

"I think there is much more we can do together looking to the future and I'm sure we are going to be talking about how we can build our relationship".

THERESA May slapped down Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu today as she underlined Britain's support for the Iran nuclear deal.

He said he aims to speak to both the British government and the United States, in a visit "next week", about "tightening relations" with Israel. The Israeli leader said last week that Iran will be at the top of his agenda when he meets Trump on February 15.

Mrs May said she made the Government's "position clear" when the two leaders met at Number 10 on Monday for talks.

However, a spokeswoman for May said the two leaders would also "talk about a range of security and global issues, including the Middle East peace process".

Iran has denied ever having a nuclear weapons program, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country's missiles aren't created to carry nuclear warheads and are exclusively meant for self-defense.

In pointed remarks at the start of his meeting with May, Netanyahu said he wished other countries would follow the USA lead.

However Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that was "simply not good enough" and called on the Prime Minister to stand up for Palestinian rights. That's why I welcome President Trump's decision to put more sanctions. At the same time, however, Netanyahu was evasive in expressing support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

The Trump administration is also perceived as sympathetic to Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, an issue that caused friction between Netanyahu and former President Barack Obama.

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