Germany's foreign minister criticizes Israel's opposition to Iran deal

"This is a responsible deal and Israel should also take a closer look at it," Steinmeier says.

By REUTERS
July 14, 2015 22:14
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (photo credit: REUTERS)

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized Israel's opposition to a nuclear deal agreed by six world powers and Iran, saying the agreement will help contribute to security in the Middle East.

"This is a responsible deal and Israel should also take a closer look at it and not criticize the agreement in a very coarse way," Steinmeier told German broadcaster ARD in an interview on Wednesday.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the deal as a "stunning, historic mistake" and said it would enable Iran to pursue a path to nuclear weapons.
Netanyahu says Iran nuclear deal 'a bad mistake of historic proportions'

But Steinmeier said the basis for the agreement was transparency and the ability to monitor Iran's compliance.

"In the agreement, Iran has to commit to these monitoring possibilities. And we will make sure that the monitoring possibilities are also observed after this deal," he said.

US President Barack Obama underscored the United States' commitment to Israel's security in a phone conversation with Netanyahu, the White House said on Tuesday.

Obama noted on the call that US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will be traveling to Israel next week, the White House said in a statement.


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