Israeli Official: Iran Should be Tested by Actions

"Iran should be tested by its actions, not its proposals," says Israeli official after Iran suggests a compromise in Geneva.

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Elad Benari,

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani

Israel is unimpressed by the reports of Iran suggesting a compromise at the talks with Western powers in Geneva.

A senior Israeli official in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office on Wednesday issued a call on Western powers to keep up economic sanctions until Tehran gives up its nuclear program.

"Iran should be tested by its actions, not its proposals," the official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, was quoted by Reuters as having said.

"Until substantive steps are carried out that prove that Iran is dismantling its military nuclear program, the international community must continue with its sanctions against it (Iran)," the official said.

During a two-day session with world powers in Geneva, Iran presented what it described as a breakthrough proposal that would include snap inspections of its atomic sites.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who has been described as a moderate and who assumed office two months ago, has pledged transparency on Iran's controversial nuclear program in an effort to get crippling UN sanctions lifted.

His softer approach has so far earned him a landmark 15-minute phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama, a meeting with French President Francois Hollande and an indication from Britain that it will be willing to resume diplomatic ties with Iran.

Israel has warned the world that Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and would present moderate views while continuing to develop Iran’s nuclear program.