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Netanyahu: National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen to Travel to U.S. to Discuss Permanent Iran Agreement

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: WikiCommons.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: WikiCommons.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen will soon travel to the U.S. to let the White House know how Israel would envision a permanent agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.

Speaking in the Knesset on Monday, Netanyahu said, “I spoke last night with U.S. President Barack Obama. We agreed that an Israeli team led by National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen will leave soon for the U.S. to discuss the permanent agreement with Iran.”

“That agreement must lead to one result: the dismantling of Iran’s military nuclear capability. I remind you that only last week, during the talks, the leaders of Iran repeated their commitment to destroy the State of Israel, and I reiterate here today my commitment, as Prime Minister of Israel, to prevent them from achieving the ability to do so.”

“I would be happy if I could join those voices around the world that are praising the Geneva agreement,” the prime minister said.

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“It is true that the international pressure which we applied was partly successful and has led to a better result than what was originally planned but this is still a bad deal. It reduces the pressure on Iran without receiving anything tangible in return and the Iranians who laughed all the way to the bank are themselves saying that this deal has saved them.”

Early on Sunday, world powers, led by the U.S., agreed to partially lift sanctions on Tehran for six months in exchange for the Islamic Republic allowing deeper inspections into its nuclear facilities and limiting uranium enrichment.

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