Obama: Nuclear deal can't hinge on Iran's Israel stance

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Posted: Apr 06, 2015 5:40 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it would be "a fundamental misjudgment" to condition a nuclear deal with Iran on the country changing its hostile stance toward Israel.

Obama says he's trying to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons "precisely because we can't bank on the nature of the regime changing."

Israeli officials oppose the framework agreement reached last week between U.S.-led international negotiators and Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran has vowed to annihilate his country, and no deal should be struck until Iran recognizes Israel's right to exist.

Obama indicated that's unrealistic — likening it to Iran suddenly transforming itself into Germany or Sweden.

In an interview Monday with NPR News, Obama said that would be saying there's no deal unless the Iranian government completely changes its nature.