The Israeli leader expressed his desire to include his government's request to dismantle some of Iran’s most problematic nuclear facilities in the deal.
“I think a deal on better terms is still possible. And in any case, not having an agreement would be better than having this bad agreement,” Netanyahu said during a meeting with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in Jerusalem.
According to the prime minister, the suggested “better” deal would involve the removal of the international sanctions in Iran in exchange for the country’s total curtailment of its nuclear infrastructure. Such a deal, Netanyahu said, could help stop Iran’s aggression and support of terrorism.
Israel has long opposed a nuclear agreement with Iran, arguing that it would threaten stability in the Middle East.
On Monday, the UN Security Council voted in support of the deal reached earlier in July by Iran and the P5+1 group, comprising China, France, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany on Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement ensures the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program and stipulates a gradual lifting of the economic and financial sanctions imposed on Tehran.