Iran cannot be trusted, Netanyahu warns

Netanyahu also reportedly voiced concerns that Iran might actually adhere to the deal. (File: Reuters)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his criticism of a framework for a deal that would curb Iran’s nuclear capabilities by warning that the Islamic republic could not be trusted.

He said the preliminary agreement, the product of a marathon talks between world powers and Iran, will give “the leading terrorist state” a “certain path to nuclear bombs,” AFP reported.

“How can such a country be trusted?” he added.

“It is not dismantling them, it is preserving them. We also see that the inspection is not serious... As of now, there is no monitoring,” he said.

“We see that the sanctions are being lifted, immediately, according to Iran’s demand, and this is without Iran having changed its policy of aggression everywhere.”

Separately, Netanyahu also reportedly voiced concerns that Iran might actually adhere to the deal.

According to two senior Israeli officials quoted by Israeli daily Haaretz, Netanyahu said it would be impossible to catch the Iranians if they violate the treaty.

He allegedly fears that the “Iranians will keep to every letter in the agreement if indeed one is signed at the end of June,” according to one official who the Haaretz said chose to remain anonymous.

“Netanyahu said at the meeting that it would be impossible to catch the Iranians cheating simply because they will not break the agreement,” another official recounted over the premier’s remarks following a cabinet meeting convened shortly after the announcement of the deal.

By the time the Iranians have fulfilled their obligations under the deal - which is yet to be finalized - Netanyahu fears the international community will see Iran as a “normal” country where there is nothing to fear.

During the cabinet meeting, it was reportedly announced that the ministers agreed that the only way to stop the deal was to go through U.S. Congress rather than President Barack Obama.

Israeli efforts will be directed at convincing members of Congress to vote for the Iran Nuclear Review Act, a piece of legislation proposed by the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker which could delay implementation of a final deal.
 

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