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Benjamin Netanyahu on stalled nuclear talks: Iran gives up 'practically nothing'

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sounded the drumbeat against a possible U.S.-Iranian deal on Tehran's nuclear program, ripping the Obama administration's framework as negotiators deadlocked Sunday without reaching an agreement.

Iran gives practically nothing and it gets a hell of a lot,” Netanyahu said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Discussions in Geneva, Switzerland in recent days centered around the U.S. and its allies easing economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for the Iranian regime curtailing segments of its nuclear program.

The Israeli leader, who believes Iran is on the verge of the capacity to launch a major nuclear strike, compared easing sanctions on Iran to “putting a hole in your tire.”

Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew to Geneva in hopes of sealing a deal, said that progress had been made despite the lack of a concrete agreement.

“We came to Geneva to narrow the differences, and I can tell you without any reservations, we made significant progress,” Kerry said.

“It takes time to build confidence between countries that have really been at odds with each other for a long time now,” he added.

Just hours earlier, however, leaders from both western nations and Iran hailed a resolution as imminent.

For his part, Netanyahu told CBS that both he and Obama agreed that Iran could not develop nuclear weapons but differ on “how to prevent it.”

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Brian Hughes

White House Correspondent
The Washington Examiner