Netanyahu reiterates concerns on Iran nuclear deal to Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: State Department.

( At a joint press conference in Jerusalem with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu re-emphasized his position that negotiations with Iran must “bring about a final agreement about the termination of Iran’s military nuclear capability.”

Iran received $7 billion in sanctions relief in the recently reached interim deal in Geneva and maintained the ability to enrich uranium to 5 percent. “I have expressed my concern since Geneva that the sanctions would begin to unravel, and I think steps must be taken to prevent further erosion of sanctions,” Netanyahu said Thursday, the Times of Israel reported.

Kerry, attempting to reassure Netanyahu, said, “The fundamental sanctions regime of oil and banking remains absolutely in place. And we will be stepping up efforts of enforcement through the Treasury Department.”

“Israel’s security in this negotiation is at the top of our agenda,” Kerry said.

Posted on December 5, 2013 .