Israeli consensus: Iran stalling for time
For what it's worth, EU chief negotiator Catherin Ashton is learning to dress modestly, even by Iranian standards (still waiting to see her in a hijab, but it looks like that could happen soon too). Unfortunately, she's not accomplishing much else, at least according to the consensus here in Israel, which is that Iran is playing for time
“The only concrete result of
the latest round of talks, is that the Iranians, have got more time that they
can exploit to move forward in their nuclear program,” the Israeli official
During those talks, the six world powers involved in the talks —
the US, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany — offered Tehran the
option to ease their ban on trade in gold and other precious metals and
relaxation of an import embargo on Iranian petrochemical products.
exchange, a senior U.S official said, Iran would among other things have to
suspend uranium enrichment to a fissile concentration of 20 percent at its
Fordow underground facility and “constrain the ability to quickly resume
Western diplomats are hopeful that the talks could
lead to progress on halting Iran’s nuclear program, while Israel has remained
skeptical, believing that Iran is exploiting the situation.
Speaking before Sunday morning's cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed
At the weekly cabinet meeting the prime minister said that the only
thing the talks had achieved was more stalling time for Iran, and with
that time he said, Iran plans to continue enriching uranium in order to
make a nuclear bomb.
"Iran is getting closer to this goal," he warned.
The United States, China, France, Russia, Britain and Germany last
week offered modest sanctions relief in return for Iran curbing its most
sensitive nuclear work but made clear that they expected no immediate
In an attempt to make their proposals more palatable
to Iran, the six powers appeared to have softened previous demands
somewhat, for example regarding their requirement that the Islamic state
ship out its stockpile of higher-grade uranium.
US Secretary of
State John Kerry has called the talks "useful" and said that a serious
engagement by Iran could lead to a comprehensive deal in a decade-old
dispute that has threatened to trigger a new Middle East war.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Iranian nuclear threat, P 5+1