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Fri Mar 6, 2015, 11:27 AM

Iran President: World ‘Too Intelligent’ To Be Fooled By Netanyahu’s ‘War-Mongering’

Iran President: World ‘Too Intelligent’ To Be Fooled By Netanyahu’s ‘War-Mongering’
Hassan Rouhani presses for optimism amid ongoing nuclear talks, but offers sharp retort to Israel's prime minister.
By Jon Queally for Common Dreams @jonqueally | March 6, 2015

Making note of Israel’s existing, though undeclared, arsenal of nuclear weapons and pushing back against the steady stream of vitriol aimed at Iran amid ongoing negotiations over its civilian nuclear program, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday described the people of the United States and across the world as “too intelligent” to be taken by the “war-mongering” contained in remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his high-profile visit to Washington, D.C. this week.

Speaking from Tehran, Rouhani indicated ongoing optimism following the latest round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 nations (the U.S., U.K., China, Russia, France, and Germany) which concluded in Switzerland on Wednesday. “The world is happy with the progress in the negotiations,” he said.


In a New York Times op-ed published Wednesday, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gholamali Khoshroo, echoed some of Rouhani’s sentiments as he repeated Iran has no ambitions or plans to shift its civilian nuclear program to one geared towards weaponization. “Despite extensive inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, no evidence has ever been presented to contradict the clear commitment by Iran’s leaders that they would under no circumstances engage in manufacturing, stockpiling and using nuclear weapons,” Khoshroo wrote. “Yet, in his speech this week, Mr. Netanyahu claimed the agency had determined that Iran had ‘a military nuclear program.’ This is a gross distortion of the agency’s position.”

He continued:

The paradox of the situation is that a government that has built a stockpile of nuclear weapons, rejected calls to establish a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East, made military incursions into neighboring states and flouted international law by keeping the lands of other nations under occupation, now makes such a big fuss over a country, Iran, that has not invaded another country since America became a sovereign nation.

Mr. Netanyahu seems to be in a state of panic at the prospect of losing this tool with which to attack Iran, as we do all in our power to address the genuine concerns of the international community and arrive at a settlement over our country’s nuclear energy program. Iran’s efforts, epitomized by the 2013 interim agreement, aim to resolve the issue with the P5-plus-1 group of countries (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany). Since Israel’s prime minister appears to be a person who thrives on chaos and conflict, we fear that he may have further plans to poison the atmosphere and sow discord among those involved in this historic effort.



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Fri Mar 6, 2015, 12:01 PM

1. "Mr. Netanyahu seems to be in a state of panic at the prospect of losing this tool with which to...

attack Iran."

I think this is the entire issue. Netanyahu doesn't want a resultion. It's bad for his world view.

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