Netanyahu desperate on Iran: US official

A senior US official said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu�™s fierce opposition to a recent deal between Iran and six world powers is �œweak and desperate.”

The White House, however, regards Netanyahu�™s opposition as �œno great concern” to US diplomatic efforts, the official told Israel�™s Channel 10 news on condition of anonymity.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, Britain, Russia, France and China – plus Germany, sealed an interim nuclear deal in Geneva on November 24 which aims to pave the way for the full resolution of the West�™s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country�™s nuclear energy program.

According to Israeli military sources, Netanyahu has ordered Mossad and Israeli Military Intelligence to find evidence of Iranian �œviolations” of the Geneva deal.

The hawkish prime minster has repeatedly said, both before and after the signing of the deal in Geneva, that the accord was a �œhistoric mistake.”

The unnamed US official said Netanyahu�™s remarks �œindicate a lack of self-confidence,” adding that the �œwe�™re not excited about his vocal opposition.”

He also criticized the Israeli premier for his efforts to discredit the Iran nuclear deal. �œToo bad he does not trust us,” the official said. �œWe know what we�™re doing on Iran. We�™re not naive.”

The official acknowledged that Netanyahu was appealing to members of Congress to kill the Geneva deal but added that the Obama administration did not consider him a threat.

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have strongly defended the nuclear agreement with Iran, pushing back against rising criticism from Israel and Congress.

Iran says the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to which Tehran is a signatory, entitles the country to continue uranium enrichment.

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Source: Press TV