We will ‘push Iran out of this region,’ vows Merkel

UN force on the Israeli Syrian border June 2018

Speaking at a joint press conference in Berlin, Netanyahu referred to Iran's military presence in Syria with its potential to incite a new religious war in the region given the Shiite militias - which he estimated now at 18,000 fighters, but cited iran's plan to reach 80,000 - intent to convert Sunnis.

"The people of Iran and the government of Iran will never tolerate both suffering from sanctions and nuclear restrictions", said Khamenei.

The nuclear deal was the result of "meticulous, sensitive and balanced multilateral talks", Zarif said, and could not be renegotiated as the United States has demanded.

One of Trump's demands - which European allies back in principle - is negotiations to rein in Iran's ballistic missile programme, which was not covered by the nuclear deal. "I am telling the Europeans, 'Limiting our missile work is a dream that will never come true", he said.

"Our enemies have staged economic and psychological. warfare against us, and new American sanctions [reinstated after Trumps' withdrawal from JCPOA] are part of it", Khamenei said.

'For Iran, the Palestinian cause is not a tactical issue, nor is it a "political" strategy.

Netanyahu seemed to have a clear goal for his European tour beginning with his German ally: to deliver the message that by signing on to the 2015 nuclear deal, European countries are financing Iran's hegemonic goals, in turn perpetuating refugees' immigration to Europe from the Middle East.

Asked how Germany can negotiate with a country whose leader Ali Khamenei tweeted on Sunday that Israel is a "malignant cancerous tumor" that needs to be "removed and eradicated", Merkel said that Germany strongly condemns and denounced this type of language, including in meeting with the Iranians, but believes the JCPOA is the best way to keep Tehran from getting bomb.

One of the documents seen by The Times handed over to London is a memorandum that formally hands responsibility for the production of weapons-grade enriched uranium to the Iranian defense ministry.

After the US withdrawal on May 12, Iran said it would remain in the nuclear deal only if were protected from renewed USA sanctions on key sectors of its economy such as oil, in cooperation with other signatories of the pact.

Khamenei sent out a series of bombastic tweets railing against Israel and the US on Sunday in which Iran's top leader said his Middle East neighbor is a "malignant cancerous tumor" in the region.

Options being considered by the EU to keep Tehran in the nuclear deal include new credit lines for Tehran, increased energy cooperation and implementing EU laws to block European companies from caving in to US sanctions.

'Young Arabs, you should take action and the initiative to control your own future. "We will continue our support for oppressed nations", Khamenei said.