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Netanyahu: US nuclear deal with Iran 'threatens Israel's existence'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the United States against signing a nuclear deal with Iran, claiming such a "deal" would threaten the survival of his country.

Speaking during the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Netanyahu was reported as saying that, "as prime minister of Israel, I have a moral obligation to speak against such risks as long as there is still time to avoid them."

Netanyahu added that relations between his country and the United States "are stronger than ever and will continue to improve," noting that reports over the decline of relations between them "are not only premature, but also wrong."

Netanyahu's invitation by the Republican Party to address US Congress about Iran without notifying the White House is said to have angered the Obama administration, according to Reuters.

US President Barack Obama announced earlier this week that he will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit to the United States, saying it comes only two weeks before the Israeli general election and could influence the course of the voting.

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