Netanyahu: Major powers and Iran are galloping toward an agreement

PM reiterates Israel’s strong stance against a deal between Iran and world powers; Kerry meets with Iranian FM; Negotiations to resume at the end of the month

Netanyahu at Sunday cabinet meeting (Eli Mandelbaum)

Netanyahu at Sunday cabinet meeting (Eli Mandelbaum)

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed nuclear Iran and threat it poses to the Jewish State Sunday. Addressing his Sunday cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister reiterated Israel’s opposition to any deal between Iran and world powers.

Netanyahu stated on reports of progress in nuclear negotiations that “major powers and Iran are galloping toward an agreement that will enable Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons, which will endanger the existence of the State of Israel.

He stated that Israel “will continue to take action and to lead the international effort against Iran’s arming itself with nuclear weapons. We will do everything and will take any action to foil this bad and dangerous agreement that will place a heavy cloud over the future of the State of Israel and its security.”

Nuclear negotiations held last week were reportedly “progressive”, talks to resume at the end of the month in Geneva. Negotiations between the P5+1 (world powers) and Iran are set to end in March with a framework for implementing a final deal by June of this year.

Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iran’s head negotiator and in nuclear talks and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday and again Sunday in Munich.

Reports of additional extensions to the March 31st deadline have surfaced in the media, Kerry stating on Saturday that “The only chance I can see of an extension at this point in time would be that you really have the outlines of the agreement… But if we’re not able to make the fundamental decisions that have to be made over the course of the next weeks, literally, I think it would be impossible to extend. He added that he does not “think we would want to extend at that point. Either you make the decisions to prove your program is a peaceful one, or if you’re unable to do that, it may tell a story that none of us want to hear.”

Iran has been given numerous extensions and delays have been common in nuclear talks.

Zarif stated on negotiations confirmed reports of progress in negotiations stating, “We are reaching to the point that it is quite possible to make an agreement… [Iran is] focused on reaching an agreement as early as possible.” He stated on the event an agreement is not made,” I don’t think that if we don’t have an agreement, it would be the end of the world. We tried, we failed, fine. We’ll think of other procedures.”

Last week Iran introduced a proposal to its Parliament that would “instruct the government to take measures to further advance its nuclear objectives and [increase] uranium enrichment for peaceful purposes as much as needed by the country” if any further sanctions were placed on Iran. The proposal also calls for a final deal with world powers.