Fox News on April 6, 2015, reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the U.S. and other world powers to seek a firmer deal with Iran Sunday over that country’s nuclear program and said that he’s “not trying to kill any deal,” just a “bad deal.” Excerpts below:
“I think the alternatives are not either this bad deal or war. I think there’s a third alternative. And that is standing firm, ratcheting up the pressure, until you get a better deal,” the Israeli Prime Minister told CNN’s “State of the Union”. “A better deal would roll back Iran’s vast nuclear infrastructure and require Iran to stop its aggression in the region, its terror worldwide, and its calls and actions to annihilate the state of Israel.”
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Netanyahu said the agreement outline “could be a historic bad deal because it leaves the preeminent terrorist state of our time a vast nuclear infrastructure … Thousands of centrifuges will be left, not a singular facility, including underground facilities will be shut down.”
Netanyahu added that the framework leaves Iran with “the capacity to produce material for many nuclear bombs.”
On ABC’s “This Week”, Netanyahu also warned that a deal could “spark a nuclear arms race among the Sunni countries in the Middle East.”
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Netanyahu said “restrictions placed on Iran are temporary, after a few years, Iran will have unlimited access.”
…the Israeli analysis claims the system of inspections is not as thorough as proclaimed because it does not explicitly force the Iranians to open their sites “anywhere, anytime.”
It also claims the agreement is vague about what happens to Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium, a key ingredient in producing nuclear bombs, or how sanctions might be re-imposed if Iran violates the deal.
Netanyahu said Sunday that Iran has “cheated in the past on this, in this case, with this deal, what’s been illegitimate is being legitimized not only the ability to maintain but in a few years to increase it, that’s very dangerous.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.