11/25/2013 08:52 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Israel Sends Top Security Advisor To U.S. For Iran Talks

JERUSALEM, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he would soon send a team led by his national security adviser to Washington for talks with the United States on a final nuclear deal with Iran.

"I spoke last night with President Obama. We agreed that in the coming days an Israeli team led by the national security adviser, Yossi Cohen, will go out to discuss with the United States the permanent accord with Iran," he said in public remarks to members of his Likud party.

"This accord must bring about one outcome: the dismantling of Iran's military nuclear capability," said Netanyahu, who has described Sunday's interim deal between world powers and Iran as a historic mistake.

Israel's parliamentary opposition leader Isaac Herzog urged Netanyahu to reduce tensions with Washington over the Iran deal.

Netanyahu should minimise confrontation with the Obama administration "and restore the intimate dialogue with the leaders of the big powers", Herzog, the newly elected head of Israel's left-of-centre Labour Party, told Israel Radio.

Iran and six world powers clinched the deal on Sunday to curb the Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signalling the start of a game-changing rapprochement that they say will reduce the risk of a wider Middle East war.

The agreement, which halts Iran's most sensitive nuclear activity, its higher-grade enrichment of uranium, was tailored as a package of confidence-building steps towards reducing decades of tension and ultimately creating a more stable, secure Middle East.

The interim pact between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia won the critical endorsement of Iranian clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Israeli is widely believed to be the Middle East's only nuclear power. (Reporting by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Dan Williams and Alison Williams)



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