Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Wednesday evening with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and warned that the deal between Iran and six world powers could turn out exactly the way the deal with North Korea.
The North Korea nuclear deal was sealed by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1994. In 2006 the Communist rogue state performed its first nuclear test and now reportedly has a full nuclear arsenal. Tellingly, some of the same American negotiators that took part in the North Korea deal also took part in the Iran deal.
“We’re told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. But the very opposite is true. By strengthening the terrorist state of Iran, this deal makes war not less likely, but more likely,” Netanyahu told Grabar-Kitarović.
“We are told that this agreement will prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Well, that's exactly what was said about the deal with North Korea. And today, North Korea has about a dozen nuclear weapons and it’s on its way to get many, many more,” noted Netanyahu.
“This deal paves Iran's path to an entire nuclear arsenal within a decade or so,” he warned. “Because at that point Iran will be free of any constraints of producing as many centrifuges as they want and they can enrich as much uranium as they want. And this will pose a formidable threat to the peace of the world.”
“I believe also that the expectation that Iran will become a military nuclear power will be enough in itself to spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, the most volatile region on earth,” said Netanyahu.
“And how will that end? Second, with the almost immediate easing of sanctions, billions of dollars, 100-150 billion dollars right away in the first year, but then hundreds of billions of dollars will flow into Iran's coffers. And that will fund Iran’s terror machine and its war-making machine.”
“That's more Iranian aggression in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon, in Libya, in Yemen and elsewhere,” he said.
“That's more Iranian ballistic missiles, that's more terrorism from the Revolutionary Guard, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. I believe a better deal is still possible,” Netanyahu continued.
“And in any case, no agreement is better than this bad agreement. And I repeat: This agreement doesn't prevent war; it will make war – even nuclear war – more likely.”
“Iran's President called the Security Council's adoption of this deal an 'historic event.' Well, he's right. It’s a historic mistake,” Netanyahu warned.
A better deal he said, would be one “that would tie the lifting of restrictions on Iran's nuclear program and would roll back Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.”
Netanyahu has been consistent in warning against the deal that was reached between Iran and world powers. He similarly warned about it in a meeting on Tuesday with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Netanyahu told Renzi that “many Arab states oppose this deal”, and soon afterwards, a key Saudi source revealed that Saudi Arabia will "seriously try to get" a nuclear weapon to defend itself due to the Iran deal, indicating the feared beginnings of a regional nuclear arms race.