Nasrallah: Israel, certain Arab states nix Iran nuclear deal

Nasrallah: Israel, certain Arab states nix Iran nuclear deal
Thu Nov 14, 2013 08:08:58

Lebanon's Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has said the Israeli regime and certain Arab states are against any agreement between Iran and the six major world powers over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Netanyahu is doing everything he can to make the Iranian nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 countries fail,” Nasrallah said in a speech in Beirut's southern suburb of Dahiyeh on Wednesday.

He said the United States has warned that the alternative to a peaceful solution is war, adding that Tel Aviv prefers to push for war in the region for its own interests.

“American officials said the substitute to a political solution is war and the American people do not want war. But Israel is still pushing for a war,” he said.

“All nations in the region, among them Lebanon, must know who is looking for war and who is looking for political solutions that preserve the rights of Arabs and Muslims,” Nasrallah added.

The Hezbollah leader also pointed out that, like Israel, some Arab countries are strongly against any understanding between Iran and other countries in the world.

“Some Arab countries are acting similarly to Israel and rejecting a political solution in Syria and any international accord with Iran,” he stated.

Last week, Tehran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United states -- plus Germany discussed Iran’s nuclear energy program behind closed doors in Geneva, Switzerland. The intensive talks kicked off on November 7 and stretched into the early hours of November 10.

The two sides could not reach a deal in Geneva, but stressed that significant progress had been made and expressed optimism about the prospect of achieving a deal. The two sides agreed to continue negotiations on November 20 in the same venue.


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