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Israel slams nuclear agreement with Iran

[ 2013-11-25 10:12] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government denounced a nuclear agreement between Iran and six other nations on Sunday as a "bad deal" to which Israel would not be bound.

Yet Israeli officials stopped short of explicitly threatening military action that could further isolate the Jewish state and imperil its alliance with Washington, saying more time was needed to assess the accord.

"This is a bad deal. It grants Iran exactly what it wanted - both a significant easing in sanctions and preservation of the most significant parts of its nuclear program," an official in Netanyahu's office said.

"The economic pressure on Iran could have brought about a much better deal, which would have dismantled Iran's nuclear capabilities."

Aimed at ending a dangerous standoff, the agreement between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was nailed down after more than four days of negotiations in Geneva.

The West fear that Iran has been seeking to develop nuclear weapons capability. Tehran denies this, saying its nuclear program is a peaceful energy project.

The United States said the agreement has halted progress on Iran's nuclear program, including construction of the Arak research reactor, which is of special concern for the West as it can yield potential bomb material.

Washington has conducted direct talks with Teheran in recent months in the drive to reach a nuclear deal, a senior US official said, adding that the previously undisclosed talks were in addition to the negotiations between officials of the six major powers and Iran.

The official did not name who was involved in the effort, but said the "limited bilateral discussions" took place in September, October and November.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who joined the final negotiations in Geneva, said the pact will make US allies in the Middle East, including Israel, safer by reducing the threat of war.

"Agreement in Geneva," he tweeted. "First step makes world safer. More work now."

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Israel slams nuclear agreement with Iran

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Israel slams nuclear agreement with Iran

Lance Crayon is a videographer and editor with China Daily. Since living in Beijing he has worked for China Radio International (CRI) and Global Times. Before moving to China he worked in the film industry in Los Angeles as a talent agent and producer. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington.