Netanyahu: No reason to rush to sign Iran nuclear deal which is getting worse by the day

The prime minister called on foreign leaders to reach an agreement which would actually prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 28, 2015 12:31
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. (photo credit: AMIT SHABAY/POOL)

 
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued statements toward world leaders concerning Iran in a cabinet meeting on Sunday, stating that there is still time to reach concessions which will limit Iran's nuclear capabilities.

"We see before us a constant regression from the red lines which world leaders have set," he said. "There is no reason to rush into an agreement with Iran as each day the situation becomes worse and worse."

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Netanyahu's statements were made as the deadline for reaching an agreement with Iran nears. The deadline is scheduled for June 30th.
Netanyahu: No reason to rush to sign Iran nuclear deal which is getting worse by the day

"It is still not too late to reach concessions which will actually limit Iran's ability to obtain nuclear weapons, and will prevent Iran from being able to finance terror organizations worldwide."

Senior US and Iranian officials said hard work was still needed as they met in Vienna on Saturday for what could be their final negotiations to bridge significant differences on an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program.

With a self-imposed deadline approaching on Tuesday, both sides emphasized that major obstacles remained to finalizing a deal under which Iran would cut back its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

"We have a lot of hard work to do. We have some very tough issues," US Secretary of State John Kerry said according to a State Department draft transcript.



"I agree. Maybe not on the issues. But on the fact that we need to work really hard in order to be able to make progress and move forward," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif was cited as saying in the transcript.

Nonetheless, Kerry also said he was "hopeful" of a successful outcome. His meeting with Zarif ended after 90 minutes.

The main differences are on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for Iran in return for its steps to restrain its nuclear program and on the nature of monitoring mechanisms to ensure Tehran does not cheat on any agreement.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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