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Netanyahu still irate over Iran nuclear conclusion

17 July 2015 5:55


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeated his strong opposition to the recent conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers.

“We would have wanted to see a deal that says the following: ‘Iran, you will get the easing on the restrictions on your nuclear program, and you will get sanctions relief if you change your behavior first,” Netanyahu told British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Thursday.

He added that any sanctions relief would make it easier for the Islamic Republic of Iran to continue to support the anti-Israel front, including the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah and Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas.

Hammond, in return, dismissed Netanyahu’s bellicose comments, stressing that the accord clinched between Iran and the P5+1 group — the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany — in the Austrian capital city of Vienna on July 14 is only intended to place temporary limits on Iran’s nuclear program and does not address Tehran’s policies in the Middle East.

On Wednesday, the British foreign secretary told the parliament that the Tel Aviv regime seeks a “permanent state of standoff” with Iran and suggested it would not welcome any kind of solution to Tehran’s nuclear case.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the conclusion reached on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna should ease tensions in Middle East.

“It has enhanced regime of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, of course, it should decrease tension in this difficult region,” Lavrov said at a news conference in the Russian capital, Moscow, on Thursday.

Netanyahu has described the conclusion of the nuclear talks as a “stunning, historic mistake.”

“Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran, because Iran continues to seek our destruction,” the Israeli prime minister claimed.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has criticized Israel’s opposition to the conclusion of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group.

“This is a responsible deal and Israel should also take a closer look at it and not criticize the agreement in a very coarse way,” Steinmeier said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD on Wednesday.

The United States on Wednesday submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council on the outcome of the nuclear talks between Tehran and the world powers. The draft resolution seeks formal UN endorsement of the outcome of the talks, and according to diplomatic sources, a vote on it could come as early as July 20 or 21.

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