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JERUSALEM---Israel's prime minister
harshly condemned the international com-
munity's nuclear deal with Iran yesterday,
while Saudi Arabia remained conspicuously
quiet, reflecting the jitters felt throughout
the Middle East over Iran's acceptance on
the global stage.
Elsewhere, many welcomed the agreement
as an important first step toward curbing
Iran's suspect nuclear programme.
Israel and Western-allied Gulf countries
led by Saudi Arabia have formed an unlikely
alliance in their opposition to yesterday's
deal, joined together by shared concerns
about a nuclear-armed Iran and the Tehran's
growing regional influence.
While most Gulf countries remained silent
in the first hours after the deal was reached
in Geneva, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu wasted little time in criticising
it, calling it a "historic mistake" and saying
he was not bound by the agreement.
Speaking to his Cabinet, Netanyahu said
the world had become a "more dangerous
place" as a result of the deal. He reiterated
a long-standing threat to use military action
against Iran if needed, declaring that Israel
"has the right and the duty to defend itself
Yesterday's agreement is just the first stage
of what is hoped to bring about a final deal
ensuring that Iran does not develop a nuclear
Under the deal, Iran will curb many of its
nuclear activities for six months in exchange
for limited and gradual relief from painful
economic sanctions. The six-month period
will give diplomats time to negotiate a more
The package includes freezing Iran's ability
to enrich uranium at a maximum five per
cent level, which is well below the threshold
for weapons-grade material and is aimed at
easing Western concerns that Tehran could
one day seek nuclear arms. International
monitors will oversee Iran's compliance.
For Iran, keeping the enrichment pro-
gramme active was a critical goal. Iran's lead-
ers view the country's ability to make nuclear
fuel as a source of national pride and an
essential part of nuclear self-sufficiency.
But Israel views any enrichment as unac-
ceptable, saying making low-level enriched
uranium weapons grade is relatively simple.
It demands all enrichment be halted, and
that Iran's abilities to produce uranium be
Netanyahu had also called for economic
sanctions to be increased. Israel fears that
Iran will use the diplomatic process as cover
to trick the international community, much
the way North Korea did in its march toward
a nuclear bomb.
"Today the world became a much more
dangerous place because the most dangerous
regime in the world made a significant step
in obtaining the most dangerous weapons
in the world," Netanyahu said.
Israeli officials acknowledged they would
have to turn their focus toward affecting the
outcome of the final negotiations. Israel is
not part of the Geneva talks but remains in
close touch with the US and other partic-
Israel feels especially threatened by Iran,
given Tehran's repeated references to destroy-
ing Israel, its support for hostile militant
groups on Israel's borders and its development
of long-range missiles.
Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel
Peace laureate, expressed cautious optimism
that the deal could change the region.
"I would like to say to the Iranian people:
You are not our enemies and we are not
yours. There is a possibility to solve this issue
diplomatically. It is in your hands. Reject ter-
rorism. Stop the nuclear programme. Stop
the development of long-range missiles," he
said. Pakistan's rival India, another nuclear
power, also welcomed the deal. (AP)
Iran reaches nuclear deal...
Anger, jitters in Mideast
BAGHDAD---Authorities in Iraq
say a series of bombings and
shootings have killed five people,
including a television journal-
ist.Police say the deadliest attack
happened last night when a bomb
exploded near an outdoor market
in Baghdad's northern district of
Shaab, killing two people and
Police say a bomb blast in
downtown Baghdad killed one
person. They also say gunmen
carrying pistols fitted with
silencers stormed a small restau-
rant and killed the owner.
In the northern city of Mosul,
police say gunmen killed Alaa
Idwar, a cameraman working for
a local TV station, as he as he
walked near his house.
Medical officials confirmed the
causality figures. All officials
spoke on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorised
to talk to journalists. (AP)
Journalist killed in Iraq suicide bomb attack
LOS ANGELES---Dennis Rodman is
on at all. He's been named GQ mag-
azine's number one least influential
celebrity of 2013.
The 52-year-old former basketball
player who has visited Kim Jong Un in
North Korea was the top pick in the
magazine's third annual list of the least
influential celebrities, which also
includes twerking pop star Miley Cyrus,
President Barack Obama and celebrity
chef Paula Deen.
GQ called Rodman a "Q-list celebrity
willing to commit borderline treason
just to hang out with a dictator who
himself aspires to be a Q-list celebri-
Rodman says he is preparing to return
to North Korea late next month for an
exhibition basketball tour.
Obama came in at number 17 because
"nothing gets done."
Other celebrities deemed non-influ-
ential include Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga,
Ryan Reynolds and Will Smith.
Obama, Cyrus among GQ's least influential
TOKYO---The daughter of President John F
Kennedy said that his spirit lives on even
though his life was cut short.
Caroline Kennedy, who is the new US ambas-
sador to Japan, said in an interview published
in Japan's Yomiuri newspaper yesterday that
people often tell her they were inspired by her
father. That's a reminder that we all have a duty
to work together for a better world, she was
quoted as saying.
The remarks were her first public comments
about Friday's 50th anniversary of her father's
assassination. She noted his legacies include the
Peace Corps and the US Agency for International
Development, which is providing humanitarian
aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.
She also said her father inspired his generation
of Americans to serve their country and work
for justice and peace, adding that many young
people today feel politics bears no relationship
Kennedy, who arrived in Tokyo nine days ago,
also talked to Japan's largest newspaper about
ongoing challenges in US-Japan relations. She
hopes that "substantive progress is made in the
near future" in moving forward with a long-
delayed plan to relocate a US Marine Corps base
from one part of Okinawa to another.
Her father, whose torpedo boat was sunk by
a Japanese destroyer in World War II, wanted
to strengthen America's relations with its former
enemy, she told the Yomiuri. Others have realised
this plan in the years since his death, she said,
and she wants to be part of the next chapter.
On nuclear weapons, an important subject
for Japan, she said her father considered the
Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to be his biggest
success, and that she is proud to work for a
president whose aim is to eliminate this frightful
weapon from the world. (AP)
spirit lives on
Civilians leave their damaged home damaged in Tuz Khormato, Iraq, yesterday. Scores of people
were killed and property damaged in suicide bomb attacks over the weekend. AP PHOTO
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