Israel 'Utterly Rejects' Emerging Iran Deal

Agreement seems near as Kerry joins talks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 8, 2013 12:14 AM CST
John Kerry checks his watch as he boards his plane at Amman airport on his way to Israel in Amman, Jordan, today. He will travel to Geneva later in the day.   (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)
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(Newser) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he "utterly rejects" the emerging nuclear deal between western powers and Iran, calling it a "bad deal" and promising that Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself. Israel believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, and says international pressure should be stepped up, not eased, in order to force Iran to dismantle its nuclear program. The PM spoke before meeting with John Kerry, who will travel to Geneva later today to join the nuclear talks.

Kerry's decision to fly to Geneva comes after signs that global powers and Iran were close to a deal that would cap some of Iran's suspected nuclear program in exchange for limited relief from economic sanctions. "I understand the Iranians are walking around very satisfied in Geneva as well they should because they got everything and paid nothing," Netanyahu told reporters. "They wanted relief of sanctions after years of grueling sanctions, they got that. They paid nothing because they are not reducing in any way their nuclear enrichment capability," he said. "This is a very bad deal and Israel utterly rejects it. Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself and defend the security of its people."

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