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Israeli leader skeptical about Iranian nuclear deal, urges world to take tougher stand

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ilia Yefimovich, Pool) (The Associated Press)

Israel's prime minister has expressed deep skepticism about the international community's preliminary nuclear deal with Iran and is urging the world to step up pressure as it begins negotiations on a final agreement.

Iran on Monday froze key aspects of its suspect nuclear program, while the U.S. and the European Union eased economic sanctions to put into effect the first-stage deal. The steps started a six-month window to negotiate a final accord that world powers say will ensure Iran cannot build a nuclear weapon.

Speaking to the Israeli parliament Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the agreement "does not prevent Iran from implementing its intentions of obtaining a nuclear weapon." He said the final agreement "must remove the Iranian nuclear train from the tracks."