Kerry: 'Demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to secure a nuclear deal'
And you thought diplomacy
was just war by another means....
Simply demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“No one has presented a more viable, lasting
alternative for how you actually prevent Iran from getting a nuclear
weapon. So folks, simply demanding that Iran capitulate is not a plan.
And nor would any of our P5+1 partners support us in that position.”
Netanyahu has called for the powers to insist
Iran dismantle its nuclear infrastructure and change what he described
as its "aggressive" regional posture -- an idea swiftly rejected by the
Obama administration as equivalent to seeking "regime change" in
Tehran. Israel and Iran have been arch-enemies since 1979.
President Hassan Rouhani, elected in 2013 on a platform of easing
Iran's isolation abroad through diplomacy and a removal of sanctions
imposed on it, said Tehran was prepared to accept greater nuclear
scrutiny as part of a deal.
basis of these negotiations is for increased transparency, we will
accept greater transparency," he said in a statement. "But if the
negotiations are trying to prevent the people of Iran from (enjoying)
their inalienable right, in other words advancement in science and
technology, it is very natural that Iran will not accept such an
understanding or agreement."
What could go wrong?
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