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Israeli leader calls Iran deal 'historic mistake'

Jerusalem:  Israel's prime minister harshly condemned the international community's nuclear deal with Iran on Sunday, calling it a “historic mistake” and saying he was not bound by the agreement.Speaking to his Cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk Updated on: November 24, 2013 16:37 IST

Earlier, Netanyahu's Cabinet minister for intelligence issues, Yuval Steinitz, said the deal was based on “Iranian deception and (international) self-delusion.”

Yet he and other officials said Israel would have to turn its focus to the outcome of the final negotiations.

Israel was not a participant in the Geneva talks but remained in close touch with the U.S. and other allies during their negotiations with Iran.

In a statement, the White House called the nuclear agreement an “initial, six-month step.”

Over the coming six months, the world powers and Iran will try to reach a final agreement that the White House said would ensure that Iran never develops a nuclear bomb.

The statement said the deal limits Iran's existing stockpiles of enriched uranium, and curbs the number and capabilities of the centrifuges used to enrich and would limit Iran's ability to produce “weapons-grade plutonium” from a reactor in the advanced stages of construction.

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