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4/6/15

Iran: Obama: Nuclear deal with Iran is not about Iran recognizing Israel

US President Barack Obama has said it would be a "fundamental misjudgment" to ask Iran to recognize Israel as part of the nuclear deal. Israel says it is still thinking of military action against the Iran pact. 

Barack Obama has told US radio network NPR that demanding for Iran to recognize Israel would go beyond the scope of the nuclear deal discussed with Tehran.

Representatives from Iran met with US, France, China, Germany and Russia's officials to seal a framework agreement on reducing Iran's nuclear stockpile last Thursday.

"The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won't sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms…And that, I think, is a fundamental judgement," Obama said in the interview.

The US wanted Iran to not have nuclear weapons precisely because it did not see the Teheran regime changing very soon, Obama told NPR, adding that if Iran suddenly transformed into "Germany or Sweden or France," there would be a "different set of conversations" about nuclear infrastructure.

Read more: Obama: Nuclear deal cannot depend on Iran recognizing Israel | News | DW.DE | 06.04.2015

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