Netanyahu blasts Iran nuclear deal


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday, denounced the agreement between Tehran and world powers as a "bad deal," as US President Barack Obama affirmed his support for long-time ally Israel, despite difference over the nuclear accord.

An outline deal agreed in Switzerland on Thursday paves the way for Tehran to curtail its nuclear activity in exchange for relief from punishing economic sanctions.

One part of the complex deal would see Iran slash by more than two-thirds the number of uranium centrifuges - which can make fuel for nuclear power but also the core of a nuclear bomb - to 6,104 from around 19,000 for 10 years.

The United States and Israel have clashed over the deal, with Washington insisting it is the only path toward dismantling Iran's nuclear programme.

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