The U.N. Security Council has approved a $3 billion loan for Israel as a part of the Iran nuclear agreement that could eventually be used to build nuclear reactors, officials said on Tuesday.
The council’s 15-member council also approved the $15-billion loan, which is to be paid back by the U.K., France, Germany and Israel, according to the United States’ ambassador to the council, Caroline Glick.
The decision comes just weeks after President Donald Trump warned that the U to provide aid to Israel if it were to go ahead with a plan to restart its nuclear program.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to stop the program in return for billions of dollars in economic aid from the U, while the U-S.
is the main backer of Iran’s nuclear program and has opposed its lifting.
The move by the council to authorize the loan came as Israel, which has been under an economic boycott for decades, was preparing to resume trade with the U after months of restrictions.
In an interview with the BBC, Glick said that the loan could be used for new reactors.
Israel has said it will need the money to cover the costs of repairing the damaged reactors, but it has not provided any evidence that the funds will be needed.
Glick, a former Treasury Department official, was appointed to the U in November, and has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration.