JERUSALEM, Israel -- Iran and six world powers remained split Saturday on terms of a deal as they gathered to negotiate over the radical regime's controversial nuclear program.
The French foreign minister reports Tehran is resisting demands that it suspend work on a plutonium-producing reactor.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Friday, shortly before Kerry departed for Geneva where the P5+1 are negotiating with Iran.
Rumors were circulating that the U.S. and the five other nations -- the U.K., France, Germany, China, and Russia -- struck a deal with Iran. But Netanyahu said if that's true the international community is making a big mistake and Iran is getting a free pass.
"They are paying nothing because they are not reducing in any way their nuclear enrichment capability," Netanyahu said as early reports came in Friday.
"So Iran got the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal. This is a very bad deal. Israel utterly rejects it and what I am saying is shared by many, many in the region whether or not they express it publicly," he continued.
"Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to defend itself, to defend the security of its people," he said.
Many in the region wonder if this might increase the likelihood of an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.
On Thursday, Netanyahu told a delegation of U.S. congressmen the proposal would be an "historic mistake."
"If the news that I am receiving of the impending proposal by the P5+1 is true, this is the deal of the century for Iran," he said.
"Because Iran is essentially giving nothing and it's getting all the air taken out, the air begins to be taken out of the pressure cooker that it took years to build in the sanctions regime," he said.
He called the deal an "historic mistake" of "grievous" proportions.