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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

'You backed out' 'No, you backed out'

On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Iran for the collapse of the P 5+1 talks over the weekend. On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said it was the Americans' fault.
In response, Zarif slammed Kerry, writing on his Twitter account that it was the United States - not Iran - that backed out of the deal.
"Mr. Secretary, was it Iran that gutted over half of U.S. draft Thursday night? and publicly commented against it Friday morning?" Zarif tweeted.
Reuters adds (via JPost):
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Paris could not accept a "fool's game" - in other words, a weak deal with Iran.
Diplomats from other Western nations at first reacted angrily and accused the French of trying to upstage the other powers and causing unnecessary trouble for the talks.
On Monday though, Kerry said the major powers were "unified on Saturday when we presented a proposal to the Iranians, and the French signed off on it, we signed off on it, and everybody agreed it was a fair proposal. There was unity, but Iran couldn't take it at that particular moment, they weren't able to accept that particular thing."
It sounds like once the French balked, the rest of the western 'powers' had second thoughts and tried to do something that would satisfy the French. At that point the Iranians balked.

See Psalm 83....

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At 5:33 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

The New York Times blamed Israel and Saudi Arabia. They don't even pretend not to be an extension of the White House.


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