WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly “extremely angry” with President Barack Obama over the short-term nuclear deal western powers reached with Iran.
The Times of Israel reports that Netanyahu worries that international sanctions against the Tehran regime will crumble and that a possible military option is off the table due to the deal.
“I would be happy if I could join those voices around the world that are praising the Geneva agreement,” Netanyahu said on his Twitter account. “True, the international pressure we applied was partly successful and led to a better result than originally planned this is still a bad deal.”
Netanyahu is sending his national security adviser to the U.S. to discuss with officials a possible permanent nuclear deal with Iran.
“I spoke last night with President Obama. We agreed that in the coming days an Israeli team led by the national security adviser, Yossi Cohen, will go out to discuss with the United States the permanent accord with Iran,” Netanyahu said, according to The Times of Israel.
The Associated Press reports that President Barack Obama told Netanyahu that the U.S. was holding secret, high-level diplomatic talks with Iran during a meeting at the White House in September.
The agreement reached in Geneva commits Iran to curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for limited and gradual sanctions relief, including access to $4.2 billion from oil sales.
This current deal opens a door to a “larger, more comprehensive agreement,” Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday’s “Face the Nation.”
Kerry said that even though a short-term agreement was reached, there is still a lack of trust with Iran.
“It’s not based on trust, it’s based on verification,” Kerry told CBS News, adding that the U.S. will now begin to get into Iran’s nuclear facilities to see what is going on.
Kerry stated that Israel and the region are now safer because the agreement forces Iran “to destroy the higher enriched uranium they have, which is critical to being able to build a bomb.”
Kerry also said that military force is not off the table.
Obama said Saturday night that the agreement “cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb.”
“These are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon,” Obama said at the White House.
Obama also warned Iran that if it doesn’t reach its commitments, “we will turn off the relief and ratchet up the pressure.”
Kerry joined foreign ministers of Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany in Geneva for the deal’s final negotiations.
The Geneva negotiations followed secret face-to-face talks between the U.S. and Iran over the past year.
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