Kerry: Netanyahu has right to oppose Iran deal

Kerry says Israeli PM has 'every right' to oppose potential nuke deal with Iran

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Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he speaks at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, during and event co-hosted by the OAS and Inter-American Dialogue focusing on U.S. policy of partnership and engagement with the Western Hemisphere. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Kerry Latin America

Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he speaks at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, during and event co-hosted by the OAS and Inter-American Dialogue focusing on U.S. policy of partnership and engagement with the Western Hemisphere. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Kerry Latin America

Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he speaks at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, during and event co-hosted by the OAS and Inter-American Dialogue focusing on U.S. policy of partnership and engagement with the Western Hemisphere. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "every right" to voice his opposition to a potential nuclear deal with Iran. But Kerry says he believes that Netanyahu is wrong to say the deal will hurt Israel's security.

Kerry said Monday that he has great respect for Netanyahu and his concerns that an agreement with Iran would heighten the risk to the Jewish state. Kerry said that rather than making Israel less safe, an accord with Iran would actually reduce the country's risk.

Kerry declined to say if he thought a deal with Iran could be sealed later this week when negotiators from world powers open a new round of talks with Iran.