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Trump, Netanyahu talk Iran 'dangers,' need to 'work together'

US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House on February 15, 2017
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Leaders discuss Iranian agression in Middle East, need for cooperation 'to deal with those dangers'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with United States president Donald Trump on Monday to discuss strategic threats posed by Iran, the premier's office said.

"The two leaders spoke at length about the dangers arising from the nuclear deal with Iran and Iranian aggression in the [Middle East] region and the need to work together to deal with those dangers," it said in a statement.

During the conversation, Netanyahu also thanked Trump for his "forceful statement against anti-Semitism," during the president's speech last week to a joint session of US Congress.

The Prime Minister accepted the pre-scheduled call as he was grilled by police for a fourth time on Monday evening for over fours on Monday in a long-running investigation into corruption suspicions.

Police gave Netanyahu a thirty minute break from questioning to take the call.

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The two leaders "discussed the need to counter continuing threats and challenges facing the Middle East region," primarily Iran.

Netanyahu earlier in the day said Iran "is the biggest terror maker in the world," and is responsible for some 80 percent of Israel's security concerns.

Both Netanyahu and Trump have been vociferous opponents of the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was reached in July 2015 and went into effect in January last year.

It saw Iran agree to dismantle part of its nuclear program, surrender enriched fuel and submit to international inspections in exchange for the partial lifting of sanctions.

But critics of the agreement, particularly Netanyahu, argue that when some of the clauses of the deal expire in 10 and 15 years, it will leave Tehran on the threshold of building a bomb.

The US president told Netanyahu the nuclear agreement was "one of the worst deals" he had ever seen when the two met at the White House last month.

Trump said his administration had already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and he would do more to prevent Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon.

Washington last month imposed new sanctions on individuals and companies supporting Iran's ballistic missile program and on its elite Revolutionary Guards.

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