In blistering speech, PM warns ‘bad’ deal ‘paves path’ to Iranian nukes

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House chamber at the US Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC (photo credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House chamber at the US Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC (photo credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

Times of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a strongly worded speech to Congress on Tuesday warning against an emerging Iranian nuclear deal

He said that Tehran was “a vast nuclear infrastructure,” and that under the emerging terms of the deal, it would remain dangerously close to the ability to break out to a nuclear bomb. The alternative to a “bad deal,” he said, wasn’t war, but rather a good deal.

On Monday, US President Barack Obama gave an interview to Reuters, in which he argued that a deal that freezes Iran’s nuclear program for at least 10 years would be the best available means of keeping Tehran from advancing toward a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu, however, took on that assertion, and said that the 10-year mark wasn’t long enough.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Switzerland for a second day of negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

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