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Israel's Netanyahu urges 'better deal' over Iran nuclear program

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - 01:28

In the most anticipated speech to the U.S. Congress by a foreign leader in years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells U.S. to hold out for a ''better'' nuclear deal with Iran. Mana Rabiee reports.

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It was the most anticipated speech to the U.S. Congress by a foreign leader in years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- invited by House Republicans to address Congress -- less than a month before a deadline for a U.S. deal with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. In no uncertain terms, comparing Iran's regime to the Nazis, Netanyahu said a nuclear Iran could mean an end to Israel's security but also threaten nations worldwide. He warned against the deal -- saying the U.S. should hold out for a 'better' one. SOUNDBITE: ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYING: "If Iran threatens to walk away from the table, and this often happens in the Persian bazaar, call their bluff. They'll be back. Because they need the deal a lot more than you do." Netanyahu said the drop in oil prices puts the U.S. and other nations involved in the nuclear talks in a better position to negotiate with Iran. The deal, as it now stands, would give Tehran some limited ability to enrich uranium -- but Israel wants Iran stripped of its nuclear projects all together to ensure it can't pursue a bomb. The speech escalated Netanyahu's campaign against President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy, and it put unprecedented stress on relations between the two leaders, which were already strained.

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Israel's Netanyahu urges 'better deal' over Iran nuclear program

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - 01:28