Obama: Nuclear Deal Does Not Depend On Iran Recognizing Israel

04/06/2015 05:16 pm ET | Updated Aug 05, 2015

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran be predicated on Tehran recognizing Israel.

"The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won't sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms," Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

"That is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment," he said. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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