Zarif slams Israeli bid to hinder Iran nuclear talks

Zarif slams Israeli bid to hinder Iran nuclear talks
Sat Oct 19, 2013 15:16:40

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has blasted the Israeli regime for attempting to disrupt the continuing interactions between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers.

“The Zionists have the most fear about the success of the talks and, considering their active presence in the Western media, there is a strong possibility that they may make different - and sometimes outrageous - efforts to disrupt the negotiations,” said Zarif in a Friday message on his Facebook page.

The Iranian foreign minister denounced the Israeli media hype against Iran’s nuclear energy program as a “sign of the frustration of warmongers.”

Zarif noted that Iran and the six powers have agreed to keep the contents of the talks confidential in an attempt to avert the potential negative effects of propaganda.

Meanwhile, the Iranian foreign minister has been invited to the country’s Majlis to deliver a report on the recent negotiations between the Islamic Republic and six major world powers on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Zarif and the Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who was Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator in the talks, will brief the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Majlis on the Geneva meetings Sunday, said Mansour Haqiqatpour who is the deputy chairman of the committee.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain - plus Germany held two days of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program behind closed doors in the Swiss city of Geneva on October 15-16.

During a meeting on October 15, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif presented Iran’s proposal titled "Closing an Unnecessary Crisis, Opening a New Horizon" to EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, and the representatives of the six countries. The two sides agreed to keep the details of the proposal confidential for the time being.

Following the negotiations, Ashton lauded the talks as the most “detailed” and “substantive” ever between the two sides, describing Iran’s new proposal as an “important contribution.”

Iran and the six powers agreed to meet again in Geneva on November 7-8.

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