Israel slams possible lifting of Iran sanctions

Netanyahu said that a removal of sanctions would make the Iranian terror machine stronger

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Israel denounced Saturday a possible decision to lift sanctions on Iran if a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers is reached.

“As soon as sanctions will be lifted, tens or hundreds of billions of dollars are going to fuel the Iranian economy,” a statement released by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read, according to Agence France Presse.

“There will be no possibility to go back,” the statement added. “The Iranian terror machine that is active in the entire world will become stronger.”

World powers and Tehran are in the midst of negotiations to finalize a deal aimed at preventing Iran from using its nuclear energy program to develop atomic weapons, in exchange for an easing of sanctions.

Iran denies Western suspicions that it has been seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability, saying it is enriching uranium only for civilian atomic power.

“Iran is the most dangerous country in the world and even more dangerous than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),” the statement added.

“We must not leave Iran develop the most dangerous weapon in the world and fill the reserves of terrorism.”

Speaking about Iran’s nuclear deal, the statement said: “The more time passes, the more major powers are making concessions to Iran.”

Israel, believed to be the Middle East's only nuclear-armed state, made clear that it opposes any proposals between Iran and the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany, also known as the P5+1.

Israel regards Iran as a mortal threat and wants it to dismantle its entire enrichment infrastructure.