Iran Says Israel Trying to 'Undermine' Nuclear Talks

Iran's foreign minister says Israel is trying to undermine progress in nuclear talks because of its "frustration and warmongering."

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Elad Benari, Canada,

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran's foreign minister on Friday accused Israel of trying to undermine what he described as progress in Tehran's nuclear talks with world powers.

Mohammed Javad Zarif posted on his Facebook page that "there is a high possibility the talks would be disturbed through various efforts" on the part of Israel, reported The Associated Press.

Zarif said these efforts reflect Israel's "frustration and warmongering."

He did not elaborate but he was likely referring to Israeli appeals to the international community to maintain firm pressure on Tehran.

Zarif’s comments come a day after talks concluded in Geneva between Iran and six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Western negotiators have described the latest round of talks as the most detailed and serious to date. During the two-day session, Iran presented what it described as a breakthrough proposal that would include snap inspections of its atomic sites.

The proposal was described by the White House as "useful". White House spokesman Jay Carney said it showed a "level of seriousness and substance that we have not seen before."

Israel, which considers a nuclear-armed Iran a threat to its existence, has not ruled out a military option against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Ahead of the Geneva talks, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Iran was merely trying to buy time and trick the world into dropping tough sanctions against it without making any significant concessions on its nuclear ambitions.

"Iran is willing to give a little and get a lot, if not everything," Netanyahu said. "It would be a historic mistake to lift the pressure now, just before the sanctions reach their goal."

A senior western diplomat cautioned on Thursday that any breakthrough in diplomacy over Iran's nuclear program was “not close".

The senior diplomat said the talks in Geneva - had left negotiators "more reassured than we were before".

"We learned more about their program and their concerns," the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"However, it doesn't mean we are close to a solution and that we will have an agreement next month," he stressed.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)