Rival protesters clash as Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu meets Theresa May

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Monday for talks he hopes will focus on Iranian weapons, and not Israeli settlements.

The newly announced sanctions target people and businesses the usa government says support Iran's ballistic missile program and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, according to a Treasury Department statement.

"Iran seeks to annihilate Israel".

Mr Netanyahu told the Prime Minister that Iran's aggression can not go unanswered at their first meeting at 10 Downing Street. I think other nations should follow suit, certainly responsible nations. "I want to speak with you in order to make sure Iran's aggression doesn't go unanswered".

Netanyahu has been staunchly opposed to a nuclear deal with Iran, brokered by the Obama administration, that saw sanctions on the country relaxed in exchange for a dramatic downsizing of Iran's nuclear program.

She said she believed there was "much more we can do" and it was important to look at how "we can build that relationship".

May is expected to criticize the widespread Israeli settlement construction during the meeting with Netanyahu.

"The prime minister made clear that we support the deal on nuclear that was agreed", the spokeswoman told reporters, when asked whether Britain was considering joining new sanctions.

Netanyahu said Iran will also top next week's meetings in Washington with President Trump.

The two leaders were set to discuss a range of bilateral affairs, including Middle East regional topics such as Syria, Iran, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He said Israeli government plans to build 3,000 new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem were illegal under worldwide law and further undermined the prospect of a two-state solution to the conflict.

The UK government has condemned the "growing trend" for further settlement units in the West Bank and supports United Nations resolutions declaring Israeli settlements "illegal". The vote prompted Israel to temporarily scale back relations.

Prime Minister May also is under pressure to condemn Israeli settlement-building in Yehudah and Shomron.

  • Jon Douglas