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Netanyahu Says Iran Gained ‘Without Giving Anything Significant’

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Israeli PM Netanyahu at his weekly cabinet meeting. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, resuming on Tuesday, have allowed the Islamic Republic to gain without having to give up “anything significant.”

Speaking at the start of his government’s weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said, “Until now, it must be said, it is Iran which has gained without giving anything significant. It has received a major easing of sanctions and the Iranian economy is already responding appropriately.”

“Iran is also continuing its aggressive policy both inside Iran and outside Iran” he said, according to a statement. “Inside Iran, it is executing innocent people. Outside Iran, it supports the continued killings by the Syrian regime, which would be unable to act without it, without its support. Iran is also continuing to arm terrorist organizations with advanced, deadly weapons and, of course, it is continuing to call for the destruction of the State of Israel.”

“At the same time, Iran is continuing with advanced research and development of centrifuges. Iran is not prepared to concede even one centrifuge.”

He said Israel’s policy is clear and is active on two tracks: “First, to expose Iran’s unchanging aggressive policy. Second, to demand the dismantling of Iran’s enrichment capacity. Iran does not need any centrifuges for nuclear power for civilian purposes.”

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