Newscast Media GENEVA—Israel will not be bound to any agreements reached between Iran and the six world powers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prior to his departure from Israel on Friday.
Netanyahu met with Kerry at the airport on Friday morning, just before Kerry was tocontinue on to Geneva to join the talks between Iran and the Western countries.
The meeting was described as “tense” with Netanyahu saying that Israel vehemently opposes the apparent deal that seems to come into play on the Iranian nuclear plan.
“I hear that the Iranians are walking in Geneva with a smile on their faces, and they have good reason for it,” Netanyahu said, according to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office.
“They got everything they wanted and gave nothing. They’ll get a decrease in sanctions but they won’t reduce their enrichment capabilities, so Iran got the deal of the century,” the prime minister added.
“Israel rejects this plan completely… Israel will not be committed to such an agreement and will do whatever is necessary to protect itself,” he said. Netanyahu also tied that sentiment to the peace process with the Palestinians, and said that Israel, on this topic as well, will “not compromise on its safety and vital interests up against international pressure.”
“No amount of pressure will make me or the Israeli government compromise on the security and national interests of Israel,” he said in that respect.
Kerry expanded his stay in the Mideast on Thursday to try and salvage the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, but decided to join world powers in Geneva after an invitation by the European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton.
Kerry’s eighth visit to the region started on Wednesday with shuttle diplomacy between Jerusalem and Ramallah to overcome major roadblocks in the talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Newscast Media TEHRAN—Iran is determined to resolve the nuclear dispute in a “short period of time,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday.
“Iran has the legitimate right to pursue nuclear energy under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is ready to remove international concerns in its talks with the P5+1,” (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany), Rouhani was quoted by official IRNA news agency as saying during a meeting with new Ambassador of the Netherlands to Tehran Johannes Douma.
He expressed hope that Iran’s relations with member states of the European Union, including the Netherlands, would be improved in economic, cultural and political areas. He criticized the sanctions against Iran, saying that it has affected the lives of the ordinary people. For his part, Douma said the Netherlands is interested in promotion of all-out cooperation with Iran.
On the same day, Rouhani also urged Germany to play a positive role in solving dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, according to Press TV.
In a meeting with new German Ambassador to Tehran Michael Baron von Ungern, Rouhani expressed hope that Germany would play a “positive and constructive role” at the upcoming Geneva talks to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.
Iran insists on nuclear enrichment as its “right for peaceful nuclear activities.” However, the West suspects that the Iranian nuclear enrichment program may be used to develop weapon-grade activities.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said Sunday that the world leaders should think about new proposals for the upcoming nuclear talks.
He said that “the previous proposals by the P5+1 belong to history and they should attend the upcoming talks with new proposals.”
The P5+1 and Iran met two times in Almaty, Kazakhstan in February and April. Their talks ended without tangible results.
They asked Iran to suspend its high-grade uranium enrichment and close down the underground bunker of Fordow where Iran enriches uranium to 20 percent. In return, they offered to relieve some of the sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry and its trade in precious metals. However, Iran did not accept the proposal, urging the powers to completely lift the sanctions.