Israel today denounced an Iranian announcement that it was sending naval ships towards the United States as further evidence that loosening sanctions on Tehran was counterproductive.
The move to send warships to the Atlantic was announced by the commander of Iran’s northern naval fleet who described it as a “message.” The ships “have already started their voyage towards the Atlantic Ocean via the waters near South Africa,” said Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, in remarks quoted by Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency.
Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said the dispatch of the warships was clear evidence of Iran’s “aggression” and proof it had not moderated its policies following a landmark deal with world powers to roll back its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.
“The easing of sanctions against Iran by the international community has not caused Iran to moderate its international aggression – the complete opposite has occurred,” Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting in remarks relayed by his office.
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