Iranian FM confirms resumed negotiations with world powers on its nuclear program; Peres awarded with WEF Bell; Netanyahu and Peres address nuclear Iran; Netanyahu states “the aim of a diplomatic process with Iran cannot succeed”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at WEF (AP)
Nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 are to resume in February according to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The resumed talks are expected to begin sometime after February 19th.
EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton confirmed the resumed talks to resume stating that “the first meeting of Iran and the P5+1 will resume at the end of the Iranian month of Bahman.”
The location of the talks has not been announced, previous negotiations held in Geneva. Additionally, reports claim that the decision to wait with negotiations was due to what Zariaf stated, as “our Chinese friends were not ready to holidays of their new year.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed pessimism to a diplomatic solution to nuclear Iran following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s speech to the Davos World Economic Forum this week, additionally expressing doubt in Iran’s intentions to cooperate with demands in world power’s demands in its interim government aimed at creating permanent, successful diplomatic solutions to Iran’s nuclear program.
The Prime Minister, speaking in his weekly cabinet meeting stated, “Iran will not halt centrifuge enrichment,” adding that “the aim of a diplomatic process with Iran cannot succeed… We know the truth- there is a regime that under the guise of a charm offensive is attempting to arm itself nuclear weapons, to become a threshold state that can obtain nuclear weapons very quickly, and one that hasn’t changed a whit of its true ideology.”
Netanyahu has estimated Iran having spent at least $160 billion in advances in its nuclear program, reporting that world leaders agree with Israel’s assessment on Iran’s intention of creating a nuclear bomb.
Israeli President Shimon Peres suggested an international boycott of Iran as was done with South Africa. During his speech at the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the Israeli President spoke of international pressure and boycott against South Africa during its apartheid, suggesting that, “If Iran will continue to do what they are doing, then automatically, I believe, in addition to the sanctions, they will see that the world doesn’t like these sorts of bluffs, which are so dangerous.”
President Rouhani’s call improved diplomatic relations with Europe and the West as well as Middle eastern states in his speech at the World Economic Forum excluded Israel and Saudi Arabia. When asked in a Q&A session with the World Economic Founder Klaus Schwab on “Do you include all countries?” in reference to Rouhani’s call for “international diplomatic improvement with Iran” reports claim Rouhani laughed, stating, There are no exceptions; we wish for a better future and to have beneficial relations with all that we recognize.”
Iran’s has historically not recognized Israel as a state, constantly calling for its destruction. Peres, in response to Rouhani’s statements stated that, “The declaration was so promising and the omission was so obvious” adding, “You got a smile, it’s nice, but it’s not an answer. For the time being, it is a happy story… The part that you omit is more important than the part that you announce.”
Peres stated, “For us, Iran is not an enemy. We don’t want to fight. We are not historically hostile.”
Klaus Schwab presented Israeli President Shimon Peres with a bell in his long history of “tolling the bell of peace,” an award for his “long standing commitment to its mission.”