Israel Slams Iran Nuclear Deal as 'Historic Mistake'

Grim Netanyahu Insists Not Bound by Pact

Bad Deal: Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out harshly against the nuclear deal with Iran.
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Bad Deal: Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out harshly against the nuclear deal with Iran.

By Reuters

Published November 24, 2013.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced the world powers’ nuclear agreement with Iran as a historic mistake that left the production of atomic weapons within Tehran’s reach.

A grim-faced Netanyahu, who had strongly opposed any easing of economic sanctions against Iran - in a rift with Israel’s main ally, the United States - told his cabinet his government would not be bound by the Geneva deal.

He repeated a long-standing Israeli threat of possible military action against Iran - even as a member of his security cabinet acknowledged the interim accord limited that option.

“What was achieved last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement, it was a historic mistake,” Netanyahu said.

“Today the world has become a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world took a significant step towards obtaining the world’s most dangerous weapon.”

The United States said the agreement halted Iran’s most sensitive nuclear work, including the construction of the Arak research reactor, which is of special concern for the West as it could produce material for bombs.

The deal would neutralise Iran’s stockpile of uranium refined to a fissile concentration of 20 percent - a close step away from the level needed for weapons - and called for intrusive U.N. nuclear inspections, a senior U.S. official said.

The Islamic Republic also promised to stop uranium enrichment above a fissile purity of 5 percent, a U.S. fact sheet said. {ID:nL2N0J907M]

Netanyahu, whose country is widely assumed to be the Middle East’s sole nuclear power, had called for a total dismantling of Iran’s nuclear enrichment capabilities.

Instead, he said, the world’s leading powers “agreed for the first time to uranium enrichment in Iran while ignoring Security Council resolutions that they spearheaded themselves”.


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