Israel: Nuke Deal Would Legitimize Iran Ambitions

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz is warning against any type of deal on Iran's nuclear program.

He said any kind of agreement between Tehran and leading world powers would actually legitimize the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions.

Steinitz also warned it would be very difficult for the international community to back track on the agreement once it is signed.

"Now, under the umbrella of this interim partial agreement, Iran is actually in a very sophisticated way (to) achieve legitimation (sic), international legitimation (sic), for being and remaining, at least for the time being, a threshold nuclear country," he said.

That means Iran could achieve nuclear capability in less than a year, despite the fact they have violated U.N. sanctions.

Steinitz estimates sanctions have impacted at least 20 percent of Iran's gross domestic product. But easing them could free up about 20-40 percent of what was frozen.

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