Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry not to sign what he described as “a very, very, bad deal” with Iran that would relieve sanctions on the country in return for it curbing its nuclear program.
“It’s a very bad deal,” Netanyahu said following a meeting with Kerry, who was heading from Israel to Geneva to take part in talks with Iran and other world powers.
“Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge. But the international community is relieving sanctions on Iran for the first time after many years. Iran gets everything that it wanted at this stage and pays nothing. And this is when Iran is under severe pressure,” he said.
“I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal, a very, very, bad deal. It’s the deal of a century for Iran; it’s a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community.”
According to TheÂ Telegraph, Iran has agreed to a six-month suspension of its nuclear program in return for a U.S. commitment to ease “economic sanctions, possibly by releasing some Iranian foreign exchange reserves currently held in frozen accounts” and ease “some restrictions on Iran’s petrochemical, motor and precious metals industries.”
In that time period, Iran will place a moratorium on enriching uranium to 20 percent and will convert its existing stockpile into harmless uranium oxide. Iran would be able to continue enrichment to 3.5% purity necessary for nuclear power plants – but would agree to limit the number of centrifuges running for this purpose. Iran would also agree not to activate its plutonium reactor at Arak, which could provide an alternative route to a nuclear weapon.
Watch a video of Netanyahu’s comments below.