WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — The White House Twitter account took a shot at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, tweeting a cartoon bomb graphic nearly identical to one used by Netanyahu during a 2012 United Nations speech about nuclear negotiations with Iran.[tweet https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/585879181520728064 width=’330′]
The image of the similar cartoon bomb featured a split between what would happen without an Iran nuclear deal and what would happen with the deal. The White House’s not-so-subtle-dig at Netanyahu highlights the ongoing public dispute between the Obama administration’s push for a nuclear deal with Iran versus Netanyahu’s staunch opposition to such a deal.
The bomb sketch used by the White House’s official Twitter account reads, “Worth sharing: Here’s how the #IranDeal would shut down Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon.”
The image shows the difference in opinion between the Israeli leader and the Obama administration, with the left showing that Iran would see an “unlimited increase” in nuclear capabilities with the deal and the right listing 98 percent reduction in Iran’s uranium stockpile.
In 2012, Netanyahu used the cartoon bomb image as he warned the United Nations about the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran. He dramatically drew a red line at the top of the bomb diagram to illustrate the country nearing the “Final Stage” of its nuclear armament.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday called the chairman and the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to further discuss a framework agreement aimed at keeping Iranfrom being able to develop a nuclear weapon.
Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and ranking member Ben Cardin, D-Md., are working on legislation that would give Congress a say in the implementation of any final deal the U.S. and its partners can reach with Iran in coming weeks. The committee is to vote on the bill Tuesday.
Obama objects to the bill as it’s written and has promised to veto it.
Josh Earnest, the president’s spokesman, says Obama discussed with Corker the commitments Iran had made to limit its nuclear program.
Earnest says Obama praised Corker’s handling of the issue and reiterated that the emerging deal is the best way to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
The tentative agreement has to be finalized by June 30.
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