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Kerry: Any deal with Iran must withstand world’s scrutiny

Kerry: Any deal with Iran must withstand world’s scrutiny
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday any final deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme would have to withstand global scrutiny, as he wrapped up talks with his Iranian counterpart.

“The purpose of these negotiations is not to get any deal, it’s to get the right deal, one that can withstand scrutiny,” he told reporters in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux, a day after Israel’s leader slammed an agreement he said would not stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb.

“From the beginning these negotiations have been tough and intense and they remain so,” Kerry added after holding three days of talks with Mohammad Javad Zarif.

His comments came a day after Benjamin Netanyahu made a dramatic speech to US Congress, warning that an agreement that was “supposed to prevent nuclear proliferation would instead spark a nuclear arms race in the most dangerous part of the planet”.

Israel PM: Offered ‘practical alternative’ to Iran N-deal

Rebutting criticism from US President Barack Obama, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesay said that he had offered a “practical alternative” to the prospective nuclear agreement being worked out between six world powers and Iran to foil Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

“I got the impression that they better understand that the current proposal would lead to a bad deal and that the alternative is a better deal,” Netanyahu said after returning to Israel from his controversial US visit. “The response I received from both Democrats and Republicans was?very supportive,” the Israeli PM said emphasising that both Democrats and Republicans now better understand why the current agreement under discussion is deeply flawed. 

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