Iran rejected Barack Obama’s demand that they stop all sensitive nuclear activities for at least ten years, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.
This happened as the U.S. and Iran met for a second day of negotiations and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a speech before Congress on Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by Fars as saying that “Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands,” and “Obama’s stance … is expressed in unacceptable and threatening phrases.”
The U.S. and its allies believe that Iran is using its civil nuclear program as a cover for a military nuclear program, a charge that Iran vehemently denies.
Netanyahu stated yesterday in his speech before Congress:
If the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran, that deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons – it will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons, lots of them.
However, Obama insisted that Netanyahu had presented no “viable alternatives” to dealing with Iran.
Zarif met with Kerry for more than five hours on Tuesday and stated, “The only way to move forward is through negotiations.”
Kerry said, “We’re working away. Productively.”
The U.S. has played a lead role in the talks with Iran, although it represents five other powers: Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia, a group known as the P5+1 and the E3+3.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated, “I would even go so far as to say that in 10 years of negotiations, we never achieved as much progress as we have made this year.”
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