Netanyahu slams world powers’ framework nuclear agreement with Iran

“I’m trying to kill a bad deal,” says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of world powers’ framework nuclear agreement with Iran.

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES (APRIL 05, 2015) (NBC) – Saying this could be an “historically bad deal”, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States on Sunday (April 05) to seek a better deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

Netanyahu, in the first of several appearances on U.S. Sunday news programs, denounced the framework nuclear agreement between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia.

“This is a deal that leaves Iran with the capacity to produce the material for many many nuclear bombs, and it does so by lifting the sanctions pretty much up front,” said Netanyahu. “So Iran will have billions of dollars flowing to its coffers, not for schools, or hospitals or roads, but to pump up its world wide terror machine and its military machine which is busy conquering the middle east, as we speak,” Netanyahu said on NBC’s Meet the Press program.

The Israeli prime minister has been strongly critical of the framework agreement struck on Thursday (April 2) between world powers and Iran, saying it does not do enough to protect Israel.

“Remember, not one centrifuge is destroyed. Thousands of centrifuges will be left spinning uranium. Not a single facility, including underground facilities, nuclear facilities, is being shut down,” he said.

Netanyahu said he has spoken with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress – nearly two thirds of House of Representatives members and a similar number in the U.S. Senate – about the Iran nuclear issue, denying that he was pushing for a military option.

“We want a diplomatic solution, but a good one,” he said. “One that rolls back Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and one that ties the final lifting of restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program with a change of Iran’s behavior. Namely, that they stop their aggression in the region. That they stop their worldwide terrorism. That they stop calling and working for the annihilation of Israel.”

Netanyahu angered the White House and alienated some Democrats when he accepted a Republican invitation to address Congress on March 3, two weeks before the Israeli elections that returned him to office.

Israel is believed to be the only nuclear-armed state in the Middle East.