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Israel's prime minister says the world must not be 'tempted' by Iran's new diplomacy push

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly,  Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

Israel's prime minister says the international community must not be "tempted" by Iran's new diplomatic push and lift sanctions imposed over its controversial nuclear program.

Benjamin Netanyahu says sanctions should not be reduced "as long as the Iranians don't dismantle their military nuclear program."

Netanyahu spoke Friday on arrival back in Israel from the United States where Iran was the main topic in talks with President Barack Obama and his address at the U.N.

Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani has taken a softer tone toward the West in an outreach that Israel dismisses as a trick aimed at removing crippling economic sanctions against Tehran.

Israel views a nuclear-armed Iran as a threat to its very existence, citing Iran's repeated calls for Israel's destruction. Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful.