Iran deal is a licence to kill - Israeli minister

2015-07-14 10:54
Iran Nuclear talks. (Brendan Smialowski, AP)

Iran Nuclear talks. (Brendan Smialowski, AP)

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Vienna - An Israeli Cabinet minister says a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers gives the Islamic Republic a "licence to kill".

Miri Regev, a former military spokesperson who serves as Israel's culture and sports minister, said on Tuesday that the deal was "bad for the free world [and] bad for humanity."

Israel has been at the forefront of efforts to block an accord that would lift sanctions on Iran. Iranian officials over the years repeatedly have threatened to destroy Israel. Iran also has backed militants groups that have attacked Israel.

Regev called on further lobbying against the deal reached in Vienna and said Congress could still block it.

The talks have been aimed at reaching a final deal to limit Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. Iran long has said its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes. The West fears it could be used to build an atomic bomb.

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