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Netanyahu meets European resistance to Iran nuclear stance

June 6, 2018
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French President Emmanuel Macron and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands as they attend a joint press conference at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Netanyahu is meeting France's President Macron as part of his European tour, in an effort to rally support from allies over Iran. (Philippe Wojazer, pool via AP)

PARIS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting opposition in European capitals to his aggressive stance against Iran.

Netanyahu met Wednesday in Paris with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who is pushing to maintain European trade with Iran allowed under the 2015 deal curbing Iranian nuclear activities. The recent U.S. withdrawal from the accord threatens that trade and has raised fears of war between Israel and Iran.

Earlier this week, Netanyahu met with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who both reiterated their support for the accord. Netanyahu says the deal was too soft on Iran.

He heads later Wednesday to London for meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Netanyahu said Tuesday that his main focus now is how to push Iranian forces out of Syria.

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