Netanyahu slams Iran nuclear deal

2013-11-17 22:32
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Lior Mizrahi, AFP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Lior Mizrahi, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday decried what he called an "exceedingly bad" nuclear deal with Tehran, saying western powers risked "crumbling the sanctions regime", that has prevented Iranian nuclear weapons.

"I think the opposite should be done," he told CNN's State of the Union programme, ahead of a new round of talks in Geneva between world powers and Iran beginning 20 November.

"I think you should increase the pressure, because it's finally working," the Israeli leader said.

"If you give it up now, when you have that pressure, and Iran doesn't even take apart, dismantle one centrifuge, what leverage will you have when you've eased the pressure?" said Netanyahu. "It just doesn't make sense."

His remarks were made after a first round of nuclear talks foundered last weekend in Geneva.

Israel and Western powers suspect Iran's uranium enrichment programme is part of a covert drive to acquire a nuclear weapons capability, an allegation the Islamic republic vehemently denies.

Tehran has been in talks over its disputed nuclear program with the P5+1 group, which is made up of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany.

Backers of the deal blamed France for scuppering the accord, in which Iran would have given the West guarantees that it is not acquiring atomic weapons in exchange for an easing of crippling economic sanctions against the Islamic republic.

Israel also has been furiously campaigning against the arrangement, which it says would prematurely ease international sanctions on Tehran, before it makes binding commitments to stop enriching uranium.

Earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu said that Secretary of State John Kerry is to visit Israel on Friday to discuss the Iranian nuclear talks and peace with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu said he would also discuss the Iran talks with French President Francois Hollande, who arrives in Israel later on Sunday, as well as with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he travels to meet him in Moscow on Wednesday.

Despite Israeli's disagreements with it allies, Netanyahu told CNN that they all share one major overlapping interests - a desire for peace.

"We all want the same thing. I think we have to be very clear on how we get it. To get it, we have to make sure that Iran doesn't have the capacity to make nuclear bombs," he said.

"Unfortunately, with the proposed deal, they get to maintain that capacity. And I think that doesn't bode well for peace," he said.

Read more on:    benjamin netanyahu  |  israel  |  iran nuclear programme

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.