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Netanyahu says world powers 'have given up' on stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows an illustration as he describes his concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions during his address to the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. In his sharpest criticism yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 that world powers "have given up" on stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons in ongoing negotiations.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows an illustration as he describes his concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions during his address to the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. In his sharpest criticism yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 that world powers "have given up" on stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons in ongoing negotiations.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)  (The Associated Press)

In his sharpest criticism yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says world powers "have given up" on stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons in ongoing negotiations.

Netanyahu made the comments Wednesday night at a meeting of his Likud Party outside of Jerusalem. They come as Netanyahu plans to address the U.S. Congress on the nuclear negotiations.

The West fears Iran could build an atomic bomb with its nuclear program. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes.

Netanyahu said: "From the agreement that is forming it appears that they (world powers) have given up on that commitment and are accepting that Iran will gradually, within a few years, develop capabilities to produce material for many nuclear weapons. They might accept this but I am not willing to accept this."