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Israeli prime minister says nuclear deal will 'pave the way' for Iran to develop atomic bombs

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JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister says an emerging deal from nuclear talks in Switzerland will "pave the way" for Iran to have the ability to build an atomic bomb in little time.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a ceremony at Israel's parliament Tuesday that the deal is expected to leave much of Iran's nuclear infrastructure intact.

PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Netanyahu said he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Netanyahu said he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)

Netanyahu said: "Iran's breakout time to have the tools to make a nuclear weapon won't be years. In our estimate, it will be reduced to perhaps a year, most likely much less than that."

Iran and six world powers, led by the U.S., were expected to issue a general statement agreeing to continue the negotiations in hopes of reaching a final deal by the end of June.

Netanyahu has been a vocal critic of the negotiations.

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