Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is convinced that Iran was involved in the explosion on the Israeli ship in the Gulf of Oman. Netanyahu said this on March 1 on air of the Kan TV and radio company.
The explosion occurred on February 25 on an Israeli ship. There were no casualties as a result of the incident. The reasons for the explosion were not specified.
“First of all, it is indeed an act of Iran, that is clear,” Netanyahu said.
The prime minister did not cite evidence, but called Iran “Israel’s greatest enemy.” In addition, the prime minister pointed to the inadmissibility of Tehran obtaining nuclear weapons, whether it be under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or outside the deal. According to Netanyahu, he outlined his position on this issue in a conversation with U.S. President Joe Biden.
Iran, Reuters reported on Sunday, ruled out holding an informal meeting with the U.S. and European powers to discuss ways to resume the 2015 nuclear deal, insisting that Washington must lift all its unilateral sanctions.
The agency stresses that Iran and the new administration of U.S. President Joe Biden are at odds over who should take the first step to reopen the agreement. Iran insists that the United States must first lift sanctions, while Washington says Tehran must first return to abiding by the terms of the deal, which it is gradually violating.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action concluded in 2015 by the “six” (Britain, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, France) and Iran, which envisaged the lifting of sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran’s nuclear program as a guarantee that Tehran would not obtain nuclear weapons, did not last even three years: in May 2018, US President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw from it and restore harsh sanctions against Tehran.