Israeli PM says he is ''astonished'' by continuation of nuclear talks with Iran despite IAEA report according to which Tehran withholds full cooperation with agency. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu raises deep concerns over the continuation of major power's talks with Iran despite recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The confidential report, obtained by Reuters, says Tehran is continuing to withhold full cooperation in two key areas. The report says, The Islamic Republic was "not providing any explanations that enable the agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures," referring to allegations of explosives tests and other activity that could be used to develop nuclear bombs. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "It is astonishing that even after the recent IAEA report determined that Iran is continuing to hide the military components of its nuclear program, the nuclear talks with it are proceeding. Not only are they continuing, there is an increased effort to reach a nuclear agreement in the coming days and weeks." The Israeli Prime Minister is due to address the US Congress next week. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "The agreement that is being formulated between Iran and the major powers is dangerous for Israel and therefore I will go to the US next week in order to explain to the American Congress, which could influence the fate of the agreement, why this agreement is dangerous for Israel, the region and the entire world." Netanyahu will speak just two weeks before Israeli parliamentary elections March 17, when he will seek a fourth term. Because of the upcoming elections, no meeting at the White House with U.S. President Barack Obama.