Iran calls Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial address to a joint session of the US Congress “Iranophobic” and part of Israeli hardliners’ electoral campaign.
On Tuesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham called the speech a deceitful show and part of the hardliners’ political propaganda in Tel Aviv.
Netanyahu (pictured below during the speech) addressed the Congress earlier in the day, calling on the United States not to negotiate “a very bad deal” with Iran over its nuclear energy program. He said, “We’ve been told for over a year that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well this is a bad deal, a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.”
Afkham said the address reflected the abject weakness and isolation of radical groups even among the supporters of the Israeli regime and their attempt to impose radical and illogical agendas upon the international politics.
She said “there is no doubt that the international opinion does not consider any value or standing for a child-killing regime” like Israel.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman further called the Israeli premier’s recurrent fabrication of lies about the intentions of Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program very platitudinous and tedious.
“With the continuation of [nuclear] talks and Iran’s serious will to diffuse the fabricated crisis [over its nuclear energy program], Iranophobic policy has met with serious problems and the founders of such propaganda and the planners of the fake crisis have started struggling.”
Iran and the P5+1 group – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany – are negotiating to narrow their differences over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program ahead of a July 1 deadline.
Netanyahu said that it is not true that “the only alternative to this deal is war.”
“The alternative to this deal is a much better deal. A better deal that doesn’t leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and such a short breakout point,” he added.
He said that the ongoing nuclear negotiations would provide Iran “with a short breakout time for a bomb.”
“According to the deal not a single nuclear facility would be demolished,” he said.
“So this deal won’t change Iran for the better, it will only change the Middle East for the worst,” he noted.
Netanyahu had been invited by US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner hours after President Barack Obama threatened to veto any sanctions legislation against Iran during his State of the Union address on January 20.
Some 60 House Democrats boycotted the event. The Obama administration is both angry at Netanyahu’s accepting the Republican invitation to address Congress two weeks before the Israeli election without consulting the White House and excessive Israel Lobby interference in American foreign policy.
US President Barack Obama said there was “nothing new” in the speech.
He told reporters that Netanyahu “did not offer any viable alternative.”
“I am not focused in the politics of this, I am not focused on the theater,” Obama said. “As far as I can tell, there was nothing new.”
“We don’t yet have a deal. But if we are successful, this will be the best deal possible with Iran,” the US president said.
By Press TV