Top U.S. diplomats spent months meeting with Iranians in a series of secret, bilateral negotiations that hammered out most of the details of the nuclear deal with the Islamic republic – an agreement that is being criticized by Israel and some in Congress as giving away too much in exchange for too little.
The talks, most of which were held in Oman, included sitting down face-to-face with representatives from the regime of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Associated Press has revealed.
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the bargain that Iran reached with the U.S. and the five other world powers ‘a historic mistake.’
President Barack Obama phoned Netanyahu from aboard Air Force on Sunday night in an attempt to assuage his fears.
The agreement sees Iran promising to scale back its uranium enrichment – a key precursor to producing a nuclear weapon – for six months in exchange for receiving $7billion in sanctions being lifted.
Netanyahu has long lobbied against the deal because he believes it leaves Iran’s military nuclear capabilities largely intact, while giving Iran relief from painful economic sanctions, undermining negotiations on the next stage.
‘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 told his Cabinet on Sunday.