Netanyahu: Framework Deal ‘Keeps Iran’s Vast Nuclear Infrastructure in Place’
JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the framework deal reached between p5+1 nations and Iran last Thursday “keeps Iran’s vast nuclear infrastructure in place,” in an interview on the CNN news network Sunday.
“Thousands of centrifuges will keep spinning, enriching uranium, that’s a very bad deal,” Netanyahu said. “They’re getting a free path to the bomb,” he added.
In addition, Netanyahu warned that the issue of Iran’s inter-continental ballistic missile system (ICBM) was not negotiated as part of the deal, “and those missiles are only used for you [the US]. They’re not missiles that can reach us. And they’re geared for nuclear weapons.”
“I think there’s a third alternative and that is standing firm, ratcheting up the pressure until we get a better deal…it’s achievable,” particularly with the use of very strong sanctions, Netanyahu said.
Meanwhile U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), vice chair of the of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also spoke on CNN, saying she wishes Netanyahu “would contain himself.”
Feinstein also said that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appear to be genuinely cooperating, and that Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “will be agreeable” when it comes to the deal, though she cautioned the agreement must be written down and become binding.
Khamenei has repeatedly called for for Israel’s annihilation, and called for “Death to America,” in a speech earlier this month.
“If a country vows to annihilate us and is working every day with conventional means and unconventional means, if that country has a deal that paves its way to nuclear weapons, many nuclear weapons, it endangers our survival,” Netanyahu said on Sunday.