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Israeli PM warns US that nuclear deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to bomb

Washington: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forcefully argued against a nuclear deal with Iran. Addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday he said that such an agreement would have the opposite effect of what the international community intends, by effectively supplying Iran with the means to produce a nuclear weapon.

Any agreement “doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb,” Netanyahu said. “So why would anyone make this deal?”

Netanyahu, in a speech before Congress that has frayed relations between the United States and Israel and laid bare fissures between leading Jewish American groups and Jewish Democrats, painted Iran as a sponsor of terrorism that is aggressively marching across the Middle East that would foil a deal to satisfy its own nuclear ambitions.

“This is a bad deal. A very bad deal. We are better off without it,” he said. “Why should Iran’s radical regime change for the better when it can enjoy the best of both worlds? Aggression abroad, prosperity at home?”

Netanyahu said the country poses a "grave threat" to Israel and the world. The prime minister expressed his concerns about enriched uranium and Iranian nuclear research and development, as well as his worries about the approach taken to the international nuclear talks.

“We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror," he said, asserting that Iran and the Islamic State are “competing for the crown of militant Islam.”

Meanwhile, Secretary of State John F Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are talking in Geneva on Tuesday ahead of a March 24 deadline on the framework for a nuclear deal.

Netanyahu said a deal would only "whet Iran's appetite” for more nuclear material. He evoked Hemingway, asserting that a deal would be a “farewell to arms control” and said it would cause the Middle East to be “criss-crossed by nuclear trip wires.”