As Iran and six world powers are set to start nuclear talks in Geneva, Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz says the world is “cheating itself over a deal” which may take shape with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
The Israeli minister said that Tel Aviv still believes that any agreement in the course of nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – plus Germany is “bad”.
Earlier in November, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced a possible agreement in the course of the nuclear talks as “very, very bad.”
Steinitz said on Tuesday that “Tomorrow, there will be a return to the negotiations table in Geneva, and in light of the agreement taking shape, I’d like to clarify that the government of Israel believes this is a bad deal.”
He said that no one will be able to force Israel to attend what he called the “fake celebrations” following any agreement in Geneva.
Steinitz’s comments come as talks between Iran and the six countries will resume shortly in Geneva on Wednesday.
Observers say the comments made by the Israeli minister are in fact an insult to the international team negotiating with Iran.
During the last round of talks earlier in November in Geneva, a first-step agreement was within reach but French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’ stance in favor of the Israeli regime and a lack of commitment by US Secretary of State John Kerry spoiled the negotiations.
Top Israeli authorities have been attempting to block any possible deal over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
Also on November 9, Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Ya’alon described a deal with Iran as a “historic mistake,” and urged the six powers involved in nuclear talks to be “intransigent” with Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday censured Israel for its strenuous efforts to block a nuclear deal between Iran and six major world powers.
“We have seen that statements coming out of Israel indicate that they are not interested in finding solutions [to the nuclear issue], they have been trying to push for problems,” Zarif Said.
In recent days, Israeli officials have also been calling for a non-stop international pressure on the Islamic Republic.
Netanyahu’s economy and trade minister Naftali Bennett visited Washington last week, actively lobbying US lawmakers to act against Tehran. Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer will also meet with congressional Republicans and Democrats this week over Iran.
However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that the imposition of sanctions against Iran will not resolve the West’s dispute over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
By Press TV
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