Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Wednesday That The Obama administration mischaracterizes concessions by his side in the six-month nuclear deal with Iran, telling CNN in an exclusive interview that "we did not agree to dismantle anything."
Zarif accused the Obama administration of creating a false impression with such language.
"The White House tries to portray it as basically a dismantling of Iran's nuclear program. That is the word they use time and time again," he said, urging Sciutto to read the actual text of the agreement. "If you find a single, a single word, that even closely resembles dismantling or could be defined as dismantling in the entire text, then I would take back my comment."
While Rouhani condemns the killing of innocent people, Netanyahu said in a statement, Iran itself recently executed dozens of innocent people. While he speaks about access to essential technology, the people of Iran are prevented from having open access to the Internet.
And, Netanyahu said, while Rouhani speaks of eliminating external intervention in Syria, "Iran is arming the Assad regime and directing Hezbollah to kill innocents in Syria. While Rouhani is speaking about peace with countries in the Middle East, he refused even today to recognize the existence of Israel, and his regime calls for its destruction on a daily basis."
Likewise, Netanyahu said, the Iranian leader claims that Iran is interested in nuclear capability for civilian needs, but continues to maintain its centrifuges and heavy water reactor, and arms itself with intercontinental ballistic missiles whose only purpose is to carry nuclear weapons.
"Rouhani admitted a decade ago he fooled the West to move the Iranian nuclear program forward, and he is doing it again today," the prime minister said, adding that the goal of the "regime of the ayatollahs hiding behind Rouhani's smiles" was to ease the sanctions without giving up plans to produce nuclear weapons.
"The world must not be fooled by this deception, and must prevent Iran from getting the capability to manufacture nuclear weapons."
Netanyahu, who is also at the summit in Davos, Switzerland, is slated to give his own address Thursday afternoon.
In an immediate response to Rouhani’s speech, Netanyahu, who was also in Davos, said that the Iranian president was continuing “Iran’s deception show” and that the international community “must not go astray after this deception, and it must prevent Iran from attaining the ability to produce nuclear weapons.”
This boastful report from Iran’s semi-official news agency, Fars news, comes in the precise timing of the Geneva talks regarding the future of Syria as well as the alleged implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The intent is clearly a show of force and it comes as a thumb in the eye of the Obama regime and anyone else who was made to believe ‘eternal peace on earth’ has arrived just because of this deal. Clearly the Tehran regime feels very secure and even arrogant under the Obama policy, up to the point that it can openly provoke the west in this manner. The remaining question is what happens once America is out of the Persian gulf for good. Will Russian sponsorship be able to contain the Iranian aggression? Will the currently unlikely scenario of an Israeli-Saudi attack finally come true ? Time will tell.
The Iranian Navy dispatched its first fleet of warships to the Atlantic Ocean in a ceremony participated by Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari and his deputy Rear Admiral Seyed Mahmoud Moussavi in Southern Iran on Tuesday.
The flotilla, which is the first dispatched to the Atlantic, but the 29th one dispatched to the international waters, consists of Khark logistic and helicopter-carrier warship and Sabalan destroyer. The warships should sail 25,000 nautical kilometers in the next three months.
Addressing Iranian commanders, Navy personnel, sailors and crews in a ceremony to bid farewell to the flotilla, Admiral Moussavi said Iran has a message of peace and friendship for the world states and seeks to show its defensive power to the world by sending its fleets of warships to the international waters.
In December another senior Iranian commander announced the country’s plans to deploy warships in the Atlantic Ocean.
“The previous flotillas of warships were sent to the Mediterranean Sea and passed the Suez Channel and even sailed through the Pacific Ocean and the China Sea,” Commander of the Navy’s Fourth Naval Zone Admiral Afshin Rezayee told FNA last month.
“Now we intend to enter the Atlantic Ocean and this will be materialized after dispatch of the next flotillas of warships,” he added.
In relevant remarks in November, Sayyari said that Iran plans to dispatch its next flotilla of warships to the high seas in early 2014
Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency cracked open an al-Qaeda plot, directed from the Gaza Strip, to carry out mega terror attacks in Israel against both US and Israeli targets, according to information the Shin Bet made available Wednesday.
Israel is holding three suspects in the plot, it added, but the key plotter is still at large. The trio were arrested three weeks ago, shortly before one or more of them were to travel to Syria for final planning of the operations, which were reportedly initiated on the direct orders of al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The planned attacks included twin suicide bombings, against the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and the main Israeli convention center in Jerusalem, where President Barack Obama gave the centerpiece speech of his Israel visit last March. Other planned attacks included targeting an Israeli bus and Jewish homes in East Jerusalem.