Iran’s Zarif: Netanyahu Trying to ‘Prevent Peace’

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said on Saturday that “scaremongering” by Prime Binister Binyamin Netanyahu won’t stop the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 world powers from reaching a nuclear deal.

“Through scaremongering, falsification, propaganda and creating a false atmosphere even inside other countries, [Israel] is attempting to prevent peace,” Zarif told reporters during a joint news conference with his Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni. “I believe that these attempts are in vain and should not impede reaching a [nuclear] agreement,” he said, in reference to Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress Tuesday.

“Netanyahu is opposed to any solution and [his planned speech to Congress] signifies his attempts to use an untrue issue and a fabricated crisis to cover up realities in our region, including the occupation [and] suppression of the Palestinian people, violation of rights of Palestinians and continuation of invasive policies,” Zarif added.

The US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany hope to reach a rough draft of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program by the end of March, and a final agreement by June 30. 


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