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Ya’alon laments ‘tragedy’ of Iran nuke deal

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon calls the nuclear accord between Iran and the world powers a “tragedy” that will enable Tehran to break through – at will – to full nuclear weapon capacity at any time.

“The agreement that was signed today between the world powers and Iran is built on lies and deceit. Iran, which arrived at the negotiating table in a weak position, has emerged victorious. Instead of fighting terror with all its might, the free world has granted legitimacy to Iran’s hateful, murderous ways. This agreement is a tragedy for all who aspire for regional stability and fear a nuclear Iran,” Ya’alon says.

According to Ya’alon, the agreement will enable Iran to solidify its sub-nuclear position, leaving it with a “zero breakout time” ability. At that point, there is “no one who can stop them,” Ya’alon says.

After sanctions are lifted, “massive funds will be funneled into the Iranian terror accounts,” leaving the Islamic republic in a “stronger position to accelerate its regional and global [hegemony] … [which] include efforts to develop-long range missiles that target far beyond the Middle East.”

“This agreement is bad. It rewards deceit, terror and war-mongering. The mere thought of reaccepting the chief terrorist regime into the family of nations is beyond belief,” he concludes.

Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting at PM Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on February 08, 2015. (Alex Kolomoisky/POOL)
Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on February 08, 2015. (Alex Kolomoisky/POOL)

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