Netanyahu 'worried' by Iran's nuclear talks with world powers
Following chief U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman's meeting with Israeli officials, prime minister says Iran 'getting everything from the deal without giving anything.'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he was "worried" by the first round of negotiations held last week between Iran and the six world powers in Vienna.
Netanyahu's remarks at the weekly cabinet meeting came following U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman's meetings with senior officials in Jerusalem.
Sherman, who is heading the U.S. team at the negotiations, met earlier Sunday with Minister of Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Yuval Steinitz and National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen and updated them on the content of the Vienna talks.
In a briefing to Israeli reporters on Saturday, Sherman said that in a comprehensive agreement Iran would be able to maintain a "limited, discreet, constrained, monitored and verified" domestic enrichment program that answers its practical needs. Sherman stressed that there would be no deal unless Iran agreed to a limited enrichment program.
Netanyahu told ministers that he was "concerned by the fact that Iran essentially believes it will actualize its program and became a nuclear threshold state with enrichment abilities that won't be touched and with intercontinental missile development abilities, which it is continuing without interruption."
"The combination of enrichment, weapons and launching abilities means that Iran is getting everything without giving practically anything," Netanyahu said. "A permanent agreement must not perpetuate this situation."
"Iran must be rid of its ability to create or launch nuclear weapons," the prime minister added. "This has yet to be accomplished and without the insistence of the powers, it will not be accomplished. I hope that the states will stand firmly with the real demands of stopping Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state."
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