WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns a possible international nuclear deal with Iran would have grave consequences.
As Iran officials met with negotiators representing the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany in Geneva Thursday, Netanyahu said any deal that doesn’t completely halt Iran’s uranium enrichment is unacceptable.
“This proposal will allow Iran to preserve its ability to build a nuclear weapon. Israel is completely opposed to these proposals,” Netanyahu said, according to The Jerusalem Post. “I believe that adopting them would be a mistake of historic proportions and they should be completely rejected.”
The Associated Press reports that Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araghchi, made comments on Iranian state TV Thursday indicated that the Tehran regime’s plan to cap some of the country’s atomic activities in exchange for selective relief from economic sanctions has been accepted by the six world powers.
“Today, they clearly said that they accept the proposed framework by Iran,” Araghchi said.
International negotiators representing the six world powers declined to comment.
Tehran has repeatedly said its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, while the U.S., Israel and other allies fear Iran is working on a nuclear bomb.
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