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Israel PM sticks to 'bad deal' illusion over Iran's nuclear agreement

Source: Press TV

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has once again denounced a joint statement issued by Iran and the P5+1 countries in Switzerland as a "bad deal" which will endanger Tel Aviv's survival.

caroon by Mehdi Seddighi, Iranian daily Ghanoon

"It doesn't roll back Iran's nuclear program. It keeps a vast nuclear infrastructure in place," Netanyahu told CNN on Sunday, adding, "Not a single centrifuge is destroyed. Not a single nuclear facility is shut down including the underground facilities....Thousands of centrifuges will keep spinning enriching uranium. That's a bad deal."

The Israeli premier claimed that the nuclear agreement will strengthen Iran's military and facilitate its access to nuclear weapons which would threaten Tel Aviv.

A day after Iran and the P5+1 countries reached a mutual understanding, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected the West's claims that enrichment activities in the country pose a threat to the Middle East region and the entire world.

"Now everyone has accepted that enrichment in Iran is not a threat to anyone. I explicitly announce that enrichment and all our nuclear technology only aims to develop Iran. Enrichment and [nuclear] technology will not be against any country in the region and across the world," Rouhani said in a televised address to the Iranian nation on Friday.

While numerous reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have verified the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program, the Israeli prime minister once again claimed that Iran has shown to be completely distrustful.

Iran and the P5+1 states - the US, France, Britain, Russia and China plus Germany - issued a joint statement at the end of eight days of sensitive nuclear negotiations in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

Israel has many times showed angry reaction to the landmark agreement which is scheduled to be finalized by Iran and the six global powers by the end of the self-designated June 30 deadline.

According to the statement, no Iranian nuclear facility will be shut down or suspended while all sanctions against the Islamic Republic will be terminated.

The joint statement also emphasized that Iran's Fordow nuclear facility will be turned into a research center for nuclear science and physics. It also said the heavy water reactor in the Iranian city of Arak will remain in place, but will be redesigned and upgraded.

Iran will implement the Additional Protocol temporarily and voluntarily in line with its confidence-building measures and after that the protocol will be ratified within a time frame by the Iranian government and Parliament (Majlis).

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