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Netanyahu congratulates Trump on Kim summit, Iran policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting in his offices in Jerusalem, Sunday, June 10, 2018.
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Netanyahu did not react to Trump's repeated claim over the weekend that Iran 'is a much different country'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated US President Donald Trump after his summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and said Washington's policy on Iran was also succeeding.

"I commend US President Donald Trump on the historic summit in Singapore," Netanyahu said in a statement.

"This is an important step in the effort to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons."

The Israeli leader said Trump had "also taken a strong stand against Iran's efforts to arm itself with nuclear weapons and against its aggression in the Middle East."

"This is already affecting the Iranian economy," he added. He did not react to Trump's repeated statements over the weekend that Iran "is a much different country" and no longer "looking to the Mediterranean" since the United States last month withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal reached between world powers and the Islamic republic in 2015.

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"Iran is a different country now than it was three or four months ago," Trump told reporters in Singapore earlier Tuesday.

"I don’t think they're looking so much to the Mediterranean. I don’t think they're looking so much at Syria, like they were, with total confidence. I don’t think they're so confident right now."

In recent weeks Iranian officials have stepped up their fiery rhetoric toward the Jewish state, and just days after Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal Israel accused Iran's elite Quds Force of firing some 32 rockets at the Israeli-held Golan Heights. 

It was not clear if Trump's remarks were based on intelligence assessments. Washington has an intimate intelligence-sharing relationship with Israel. 

The other parties to the deal -- Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia -- have vowed to stay in the accord, but appear powerless to stop their companies pulling out of Iran for fear of US penalties.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for civilian uses only, but its opponents, notably the US and Israel, accuse it of seeking to build an atomic bomb.

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly said that Iran is complying with the accord.

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