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Israeli minister warns a ‘bad’ Iran nuclear deal will spark Middle East war

As talks are held in Vienna for the US to rejoin the 2015 accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program, an Israeli minister warns a bad agreement could ignite the region.

“A bad deal will send the region spiraling into war,” Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen tells Reuters.

Cohen, a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud party, says negotiators should consider the long-term implications of any deal and not just focus on short-term benefits.

“Israel will not allow Iran to attain nuclear arms. Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our planes can reach everywhere in the Middle East — and certainly Iran,” he says.

Cohen also calls on world powers to force Iran to stop “destabilizing other countries” and funding armed proxy groups.

Likud Minister Eli Cohen speaks at the Economy Ministry in Jerusalem on May 18, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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