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Netanyahu, Livni Urge Caution on Iran Nuke Deal

Prime Minister says he hopes that whatever deal was made with Iran on curbing its nuclear program was a good one.
By David Lev
First Publish: 11/11/2013, 4:15 PM

PM Netanyahu at Jewish Agency Event
PM Netanyahu at Jewish Agency Event
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In the wake of the agreement regarding Iran and the UN that would monitor Iran's nuclear program, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he hoped whatever deal was made with Iran was a good one. Preventing Iran from attaining nuclear weapons was an important goal of Israeli foreign policy, Netanyahu said, and the government would do everything necessary to achieve this goal.

“We have many important goals, but the most important one is to prevent Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons. Israel is unique in this capacity,” he said, because apparently the rest of the world was satisfied with the deal that had been worked out.

According to reports, the two sides worked out a deal that would provide a “roadmap” to give UN inspectors broader access to nuclear sites, including the heavy water reactor under construction at Arak, and a key uranium mine. According to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Yukiya Amano, “the practical measures will be implemented in the next three months, starting from today.”

“We are speaking out with a loud and clear voice that cannot be misunderstood,” he said. “We will continue to tell our simple truth, because this is necessary,” he added.

Speaking Monday, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni urged caution as well. “We believe a good agreement with Iran will be good for the whole world, and not just for Israel. Reducing the sanctions against Iran will enable Iran to remain as a state on the verge of being able to produce nuclear weapons,” she said.

According to the deal, Western sanctions against Iran will be eased as Tehran eases up on its enrichment of uranium.

Earlier Monday, America's Ambassador to Israel sought to calm fears over ongoing talks with Iran.

Speaking to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Jerusalem on Monday, Ambassador Dan Shapiro pledged the US would not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons under any circumstances, saying that "on this crucial issue the US and Israel share an identical agenda."