US Secretary of State John Kerry met Friday with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif at the World Economic Forum in Davos as last week for a while in Paris.
Iran and the P5+1 states – the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – are making intensive efforts to narrow their differences and pave the way for a final, long-term accord aimed at putting an end to the 12-year-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Iran seeks in particular to obtain in exchange an agreement to ensure a peaceful nature of its nuclear program the lifting of economic sanctions that severely affect its economy from the current discussions in Geneva started for two days, on Friday the 24th. Tehran states that they are only interested in a peaceful nuclear energy for domestic use.
Obama expressed himself this week regarding Iran negotiations and he said:
“Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material. Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran, secures America and our allies, including Israel, while avoiding yet another Middle East conflict.
“There’re no guarantees that negotiations will succeed, and I keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear Iran. But new sanctions passed by this Congress at this moment in time will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails, alienating America from its allies, making it harder to maintain sanctions and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again. It doesn’t make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress … The American people expect us to only go to war as a last resort, and I intend to stay true to that wisdom.”
At the same time approximately, Netanyahu relationship with President Obama go more frosty than ever.
The White House says President Obama won’t meet with Israel’s prime minister in March when Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Washington to address a joint meeting of Congress.
"As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country," White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. "Accordingly, the President will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu because of the proximity to the Israeli election, which is just two weeks after his planned address to the U.S. Congress." You can visit US White House statements here.
Obama and his allies fear that this “movement” is an opportunity for Israel and the Republicans, who control Congress, to rally more opponents to an agreement with Iran, at the risk of derailing the ongoing discussions. However, Obama has threatened to veto any sanctions, saying they would derail the talks.
The invitation to Netanyahu to address Congress, extended without having consultations with the White House and the State Department, is a sharp rebuke to Obama, who asked the new Republican-dominated Congress to stay out of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
Condit Jr., who ran against Boehner in Cincinnati, Ohio, said that the invitation is “another slap in the face to the American people whether the American people realize it or not.”
“The best thing that could happen if Netanyahu shows up to give speech before Congress is if the attorney general of the United States, together with other countries, would arrest Netanyahu and send him off to The Hague to stand trial for crimes against humanity, the crimes he did against the Palestinian people over his ten years in office,” he stated.
The Mossad’s strange announcement
Contrary to what was reported in some media, the head of the Mossad did not say that he was opposed to the imposition of new sanctions by the United States against Iran, “Mossadis” defended themselves the Israeli as per a rare statement sent to the press.
On Thursday, the US news website Bloomberg released a report that Mossad warned US officials against a law project that would impose new sanctions on Iran if talks on Tehran’s nuclear program won’t have any positive issue before the deadline of 30 June.
Sources: reuters, presstv.ir france24.com, npr.org