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Netanyahu sees positive side to missing Iran nuclear deadline

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the likelihood that Iran and six world powers would fail to meet a deadline on Monday for a nuclear agreement.

“No deal is better than a bad deal. The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. A deal would have left Iran with the ability to enrich uranium for an atom bomb while removing the sanctions,” Netanyahu told the BBC, according to a video excerpt of the interview provided by the prime minister’s office.

“The right deal that is needed is to dismantle Iran’s capacity to make atomic bombs and only then dismantle the sanctions. Since that’s not in the offing, this result is better, a lot better,” he said, in response to news the Viennatalks were likely to break off and resume next month.

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