Obama phones Israeli PM to discuss Iran deal

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Associated Press

Posted on November 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 5:32 PM

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a tentative deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama on Sunday that the United States looks forward to consulting with its ally Israel on international negotiations with Tehran. Earnest says the White House understands Israel's skepticism about Iran's intentions.

In an early morning announcement, Tehran agreed Sunday to a six-month pause of its nuclear program while diplomats continue talks aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Netanyahu criticized the deal, calling it a "historic mistake" and saying he was not bound by the agreement.

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