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Israeli PM Says Tehran Seeking To 'Delay, Deceive'


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a news conference in Prague.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a news conference in Prague.

Israel's prime minister has accused Iran of seeking to "delay and deceive" during talks with world powers on its controversial nuclear program.

Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking on a visit to Prague, said Iran was "playing a chess game" with the international community.

His comments came just days before the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia, and China -- plus Germany are scheduled to hold another round of nuclear talks with Iran in Baghdad on May 23.

The talks are aimed at persuading Iran to halt nuclear activities that Western powers suspect are aimed at making atomic weapons.

Iran denies any nuclear weapons program.

Israel, which views a potential Iranian nuclear bomb as a threat to its existence, says military strikes on Iran remain an option.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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