WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns a bad nuclear deal between western powers and Iran could lead to war.
“I would go so far as to say that a bad deal could lead to the second, undesired option,” Netanyahu told the Israeli parliament Wednesday, according to Reuters.
Netanyahu has been critical of the proposed deal that was failed to be reached in Geneva this past weekend, telling CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that Iran could hit the “jackpot” if a nuclear deal is reached.
“The deal as was proposed and described to us by the American sources … means that Iran maintains its capability to enrich material for nuclear bombs. It also maintains another route, the plutonium heavy water route, to make nuclear bombs,” Netanyahu told CBS News. “All Iran gives is a minor concession of taking 20 percent enriched uranium and bringing it down to a lower enrichment. Iran effectively becomes a threshold nuclear power nation.”
Netanyahu believes that Iran still needs to be severely sanctioned in an effort for the Tehran regime to stop enriching uranium.
“A good deal can be achieved and [Iran] can be dismantled [of its weapons], but this is not achieved through negotiations in Geneva,” Netanyahu stated, according to Haaretz.
Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Monday that Iran was unable to sign off on the proposed deal.
“The French signed off on it, we signed off on it,” Kerry stated. “There was unity but Iran couldn’t take it.”
Kerry added that President Barack Obama will not allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon, citing the killing of Osama bin Laden and winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“So believe us on Iran. He will not bluff,” Kerry said.
Officials from the U.S., Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain will meet with Iran again on Nov. 20.
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