Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged US lawmakers to defy the Obama administration and block a nuclear agreement with Iran, warning that the proposed deal could create a “nuclear nightmare”.
The deal being discussed would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and would begin a “countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare” in the Middle East, Netanyahu said in a speech to a joint meeting of Congress.
Continued economic pressure through sanctions will create the conditions to achieve a much better deal with the Iranians, the Israeli leader said, according to the Financial Times.
“Insist on a better deal and keep up the pressure on a very vulnerable regime,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying. “They need the deal a lot more than you do.”
President Barack Obama responded immediately to the speech, saying that Netanyahu “did not offer any viable alternatives” to the deal currently being negotiated.
The US and other leading powers are trying to reach an agreement with Iran that they say would place strict limits on its ability to produce a nuclear weapon.
They have set a deadline of March 24 to achieve the broad outline of a deal.
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