Netanyahu: Deal Must ‘Significantly’ Curb Iran Nuke Program [UPDATED 2:05PM ET]


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bibIsraeli leaders on Thursday voiced concerns about the announced deal between Iran and world powers, demanding that it “significantly” roll back the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program and vowing to fight the agreement before it is finalized in the coming months.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a leading critic of the nuclear talks, which aim to curb Iran’s suspect nuclear program. After days of negotiations, U.S.-led world powers and Iran held a press conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, announcing the outlines of the deal reached.

Netanyahu has said he believes the deal, which must be finalized in the coming months, will leave too much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure intact. Israel, like many other nations, believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon.

“Any deal must significantly roll back Iran’s nuclear capabilities and stop its terrorism and aggression,” Netanyahu said on Twitter, minutes before the announcement from Lausanne.

Netanyahu has said he believes that the deal will leave Iran just months away from the point where it could make a nuclear bomb. He has also pointed to Iran’s support for Islamic militants across the region and its development of long-range missiles as cause for concern.

Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, who oversees the monitoring of the nuclear program, said the deal was “disconnected from the sad reality” of the region.

Following Thursday’s announcement, Iran and the world powers are expected to work out the details of a final deal by the end of June.

“Since the declaration is far from being a real agreement, we will continue in our efforts to explain and persuade the world in the hope of preventing a bad agreement, or at least to insert corrections and improvements,” Steinitz said.



  1. Why?

    If Iran isn’t threatening to conquer the other countries (US, France, China, etc.), why should they care?

    They probably feel it will force Israel to make concessions that will strengthen the parties to the deal.

    Israel is expendable.

    Israel doesn’t appear to be willing, and probably unable, to engage in a MAD (mutually assured destruction) scenario, which to be effective, would have to wipe out all or most of the Islamic world.

    The countries entering the deal want a friendly Iran for a variety of reasons, most notably, as a check on Islamic State.