Israel must avoid undermining Iran nuclear deal: Hague

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has urged Israel to avoid undermining the interim deal reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in Geneva.

After more than four days of intense negotiations, Iran and the six major world powers — the US, Britain, Russia, France, China and Germany– plus sealed an interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 24 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

“We would discourage anybody in the world, including Israel, from taking any steps that would undermine this agreement and we will make that very clear to all concerned,” Hague told parliament on Monday.

He called on world leaders to give a chance to the Geneva agreement, stressing the importance of trying to understand those who opposed the deal.

He, however, urged Israel and others to confine their criticism to rhetoric.

Hague said Britain would be “on its guard” although it had seen no bid by any opposing country aimed at disrupting the nuclear deal “in any practical way.”

The British foreign secretary expressed hope that a comprehensive nuclear agreement could be reached with Tehran within a year. He warned that the six powers could swiftly reverse any sanctions relief if Iran reneged on the deal.

Hague’s remarks came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the nuclear deal as a “historic mistake” and said “what was achieved yesterday in Geneva is not a historic agreement but rather a historic mistake” that is bad for Israel.

Senior Israeli officials, including Netanyahu, have been hard at work in recent weeks trying to discredit Washington’s strategy with Tehran.

The aggressive lobbying campaign included one-on-one briefings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, which provided data that strayed from official US assessments of Iran’s nuclear program.

US President Barack Obama has welcomed the deal as “an important first step toward a comprehensive solution.”

In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the United States and its allies have agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions and offer access to a portion of the revenue that Tehran has been denied through these sanctions.

According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the deal allows Iran to continue its activities at Arak, Fordow and Natanz facilities. The agreement also stipulates that no additional sanctions will be imposed on Tehran because of its nuclear energy program.

By Press TV


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