Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted Thursday to Iranian President Hasan Rouhani's latest interview, in which he sounded a moderate tone, and said – “Let us not be fooled by the Iranian president's words of deception.”
"The Iranians are creating media spin in order to keep the centrifuges spinning,” a statement from Netanyahu's bureau said. “The test is not in Rouhani's words, but in the deeds of the Iranian regime, which continues to vigorously pursue its nuclear program at the same time that Rouhani grants interviews.”
Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran will never develop nuclear weapons.
Speaking to NBC News in his first interview with a U.S. news outlet since his election, Rouhani also said he has full authority to make a deal with the West on the disputed atomic program.
"I believe the leaders in all countries could think in their national interest and they should not be under the influence of pressure groups,” he said. “I hope to witness such an atmosphere in the future."