Israel condemns deal while U.S. promises safer region
Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 01:36
Nov. 24 - The Iran nuclear program deal draws outrage from Israel while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emphasizes agreement's benefits. Nathan Frandino reports.
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The nuclear deal reached by world leaders and Iran overnight has drawn criticism from one of Tehran's most hostile neighbors... Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said all along he does not and will not support a deal with Iran.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING:
"Now for the first time, the international community has formally consented that Iran continue its enrichment of uranium, and this is in direct contravention of UN Security Council resolutions."
The U.S., Israel's long-time ally, sees it differently.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the plan will actually make the region more safe.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING:
"This first step, I want to emphasize, actually rolls back the program from where it is today."
Under the deal, Iran has agreed to stop uranium enrichment above a certain level and will allow U.N. nuclear inspectors access to its facilities.
Iran has maintained its program is purely for energy purposes. World leaders hope the deal will make sure that's the case.
During an address to the nation, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the pact recognizes the country's nuclear rights.
(SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI SAYING:
"It has been written clearly in the text of this agreement that Iran will continue its enrichment. And therefore I announce to the people of Iran that enrichment will continue in the same way as before."
The preliminary pact would run for six months while world leaders and Tehran hammer out a broader, longer-term settlement.
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