Iran nuclear deal brings praise, anger, skepticism

The Obama administration and U.S. allies in the West say it

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. After feverishly trying to derail the international community's nuclear deal with Iran in recent weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu now has little choice but to accept an agreement that he has derided as deeply flawed. (AP Photo/Abir Sultan, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's mixed reaction to the international community's nuclear deal with Iran.

The Obama administration and U.S. allies in the West say it's an important first step toward curbing Iran's nuclear program.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is condemning it as a "historic mistake." He told his Cabinet that the world has become a "more dangerous place" as a result of the deal, and said Israel is not bound by it.

The agreement reached by Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers calls for Iran to curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for limited and gradual sanctions relief.

Most Gulf countries were silent in the hours after the agreement was reached in Geneva. Like Israel, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region are nervous about Iran's development of long-range missiles and its support for hostile militant groups.

But the tiny Gulf countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates applauded the agreement.

Iran's eastern neighbor Pakistan, a declared nuclear power, said the deal "should augur well for peace and security in our region and the world at large." Turkey, which borders Iran to the west, called it a "new start." India, another nuclear power, also welcomed the deal.

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