Netanyahu: World powers say they’ll wait for ‘right’ Iran deal


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The governments of several world powers have indicated that they will not sign a bad agreement with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“Following my speech to Congress, we heard over the weekend several of the major powers’ foreign ministers saying that they do not see the need to reach an agreement forthwith and that they will wait until the right agreement is found,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday at the start of the regular weekly meeting. “I hope that these words will find tangible expression.”

Netanyahu said the right agreement is “one that links between the lifting of the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and the cessation of Iran’s terrorist actions around the world and, of course, its threats to annihilate Israel. The right agreement is one that extends by years Iran’s breakout time to achieve a bomb, given the feasibility of violating the agreement.”

In his speech last week to a joint meeting of Congress, Netanyahu argued that the proposed nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran will lead inexorably to a nuclear-armed Iran and war in the Middle East, in part because it would allow most of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure to stay in place, including thousands of centrifuges. The framework for the agreement is set to be signed on March 24.

“We will continue to take all possible action to deny the largest terrorist state in the world the ability to produce the most dangerous weapon in the world — a weapon which is aimed first and foremost against us,” Netanyahu said.

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