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Netanyahu Urges Merkel To Help Alter Iran Deal

Germany -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L-R). File photo

AP - Israel's prime minister has urged the German chancellor to support altering the Iran nuclear deal.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Angela Merkel met Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

A statement from Netanyahu's office says he told Merkel that "the only existing option at the moment is to put in real and not cosmetic changes" to the deal that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, "which would otherwise be assured by the agreement as it stands."

The statement says Merkel told Netanyahu she understands Israel's concerns over the agreement but "doesn't necessarily agree with the way we want to deal with it."

Netanyahu vehemently opposes the deal signed between Iran and world powers, including Germany, meant to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon the deal this spring unless it is fixed to his liking.