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Israel to convince world to avoid `bad` Iran deal: Netanyahu

AFP | Last Updated: Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 20:29

Jerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel would do all it could to keep world powers from striking a "bad and dangerous" deal with Iran over its nuclear programme.

Netanyahu said he had spoken with leaders of the United States, Russia, France, Germany and Britain -- five of the six world powers negotiating with Iran -- and told them the proposed deal was "bad and dangerous."

According to Netanyahu, the agreement being advanced would remove sanctions on Iran while still enabling them to enrich uranium and advance work on a plutonium reactor.

"I asked them what was the rush? I suggested they wait," he said in remarks relayed by his office. "I hope they reach a good agreement, and we will do all we can to convince world powers to avoid a bad deal."

Netanyahu`s remarks came hours after Iran and world powers failed to reach a deal on Tehran`s nuclear programme despite three days of talks in Geneva.

However, diplomats also said significant progress had been made in the marathon negotiations and that talks would resume in the Swiss city on November 20.

The West and Israel suspect that the atomic programme of Iran, which is negotiating with world powers, including China, is aimed at developing nuclear weapons, despite Tehran`s repeated denials.

Israel, the Middle East`s sole if undeclared nuclear power, insists Iran must be prevented from reaching a military nuclear capability at any cost, and it has refused to rule out a pre-emptive military strike.

First Published: Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 20:29
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