Netanyahu blasts Iran nuclear deal

Washington (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the agreement between Tehran and world powers as a “bad deal,” as Barack Obama affirmed his support for long-time ally Israel despite differences over the nuclear accord.


An outline deal agreed in Switzerland on Thursday paves the way for Tehran to curtail its nuclear activity in exchange for relief from punishing economic sanctions.


“It doesn’t roll back Iran’s nuclear program,” Netanyahu told CNN, one of several US networks he appeared on to slam the deal Sunday.


“It keeps a vast nuclear infrastructure in place. Not a single centrifuge is destroyed. Not a single nuclear facility is shut down, including the underground facilities that they built illicitly. Thousands of centrifuges will keep spinning enriching uranium. That’s a bad deal.”


One part of the complex deal would see Iran slash by more than two-thirds the number of uranium centrifuges — which can make fuel for nuclear power but also the core of a nuclear bomb — to 6,104 from around 19,000 for 10 years.


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