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    Former head of Israel’s Atomic Energy Agency Uzi Eilam told Radio Sputnik the Iran nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 countries agreed in Vienna in July is “much more a promise than a threat.”

    Eliam has also signed an open letter to the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling on him to accept the deal with Tehran.

    "Political figures are complicating the issue even more than it should be," Eliam said. "But to be honest,  the way the agreement looks to me, there is much more promise than threat in it, provided that cooperation on this issue is good."

    "Some of the issues [raised by public figures] are related to internal politics and are not exactly the way we should look at the agreement, which is a very very important one," the retired brigadier general told Sputnik.

    Dozens of retired Israeli military officials wrote an open letter, published on Tuesday in Israeli newspaper Haaretz, advising Netanyahu to accept the nuclear agreement with Iran as a "done deal." The letter proposed a renewal of trust and cooperation with the US to ensure Israel's security.

    "We turned to the government and asked them to consider accepting the fact that the agreement is there to stay and get to a policy of the government to improve the coordination between Israel and the United States in a way to ensure the correct implementation of the agreement," Eliam said.

    "If Iran does not have any enriched uranium ore, then there is no danger that the country will have nuclear bombs," he added. "The agreement is stating that Iran should not have more than 300 kg of low enriched uranium." Eliam stressed that, so long as Iran sticks to the concrete measures laid out by the agreement, it will not pose a nuclear threat to the region.

    After months of negotiations, the Iran nuclear deal was finalized on July 14. Allowing the Islamic Republic to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, the agreement was heralded by the Obama administration as a major success, though the US president still faces considerable opposition to the deal by Congress.

    Iran Nuclear Deal: Hope for Peaceful Future (163)


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