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Netanyahu warns U.S. Congress of dangers of 'nuclear Iran'

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States and President Barack Obama for aiding Israel, during his address to Congress Tuesday morning, and warned of the threat that Iran poses to Israel's survival.

But President Obama, reacting to the speech later Tuesday afternoon, said that it offered 'nothing new.'

Netanyahu told Congress that the world must unite to 'stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror,' adding that he believes the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran in its current form, 'doesn't block Iran's path' to nuclear bomb; 'it paves path' to bomb.

He also said he regretted that his appearance was being perceived as political.

Netanyahu, who received a warm welcome upon his arrival in the U.S. House, said he appreciated the American aid, including military assistance to build the Iron Dome missile defense system.

He said he had a profound obligation to speak about the danger from Iran and said all efforts must be made to stop it from developing a nuclear weapon.

Netanyahu spoke as the United States and other Western nations engaged in negotiations with Iran to curb its nuclear program.

On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama said Netanyahu didn't offer any "viable alternatives" to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress.

Obama says he read a transcript of Netanyahu's speech Tuesday. He says "there was nothing new" in the speech.

Obama says Netanyahu made almost the same speech when he warned against the interim deal reached with Iran. Obama says that deal has resulted in a freeze and rolling back of Iran's nuclear program.

Obama says Netanyahu's alternative to the talks amounts to no deal at all. He says that would lead Iran to redouble efforts to build a nuclear bomb.

In his speech, Netanyahu said the deal would all but guarantee that Iran gets nuclear weapons.

Obama spoke in the Oval Office alongside Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

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