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Iran rejects USA nuclear call before Netanyahu speech



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Iran rejects as “excessive and illogical” a demand by US President Barack Obama that it freeze sensitive nuclear activity for at least 10 years. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zareef was quoted saying Mr Obama spoke in “unacceptable and threatening” terms. Mr Zarif said talks on Iran’s nuclear programme, which are nearing a critical 31 March deadline, would continue. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to urge the US Congress on Tuesday to oppose a deal. He was invited to speak at the US Capitol by Republican House Speaker John Boehner, angering Democrats. Mr Netanyahu  who faces domestic elections in two weeks’ time – will not meet Mr Obama during his visit to the US.

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