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Rouhani: Israel Trying to Sabotage Our Diplomacy Efforts

Every time Iran tries to get closer to the West, the "Zionist regime" sabotages the effort, claims Iran's president.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 10/21/2013, 4:43 AM

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
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Iran’s president on Sunday blamed Israel for trying to sabotaging his country’s efforts to get closer to the West.

According to PressTV, President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic’s “active diplomacy” has slowed down the increasing pace of illegal sanctions against the country.

“The administration’s diplomatic initiative in constructive interaction with the world ... has both made the [world] governments praise the democracy in Iran and halted the growing process of [imposing] sanctions [against the country],” the Iranian president was quoted as having said.

“Iran’s active diplomacy has taken the initiative and attracted world public opinion ... and is moving step by step toward removing the obstacles to the Iranian nation’s progress by consolidating Iran’s inalienable nuclear rights,” Rouhani said.

At the same time, Rouhani accused Israel of trying to obstruct the process of understanding and interaction between Iran and the international community.

“Throughout the history of the Islamic Revolution, we have witnessed that whenever the Islamic establishment gets close to a success in the international political scene, the Zionist Israelis commit acts of sabotage ... inside and outside [of Iran],” Rouhani noted, according to PressTV.

He claimed, however, that Israel has “now been isolated.”

Rouhani’s comments were made days after Tehran and the six major world powers -- the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany -- held two days of talks over Iran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva.

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."

Some reports said that Iran had proposed a freeze on production of 20% enriched uranium, a pledge to convert its stockpile to fuel rods and an agreement to relinquish spent fuel for a still-to-be completed heavy water reactor.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, however, denied the report, saying that members of the Iranian negotiating team “are the only ones who know the proposal and they only speak on-the-record. Anonymous sources have no info.”

Zarif also accused Israel of trying to undermine what he described as progress in Tehran's nuclear talks with world powers.

He posted on his Facebook page that "there is a high possibility the talks would be disturbed through various efforts" on the part of Israel.

Israel has warned about the “smile attack” by Rouhani and other members of the Iranian government and said that Rouhani would continue to develop nuclear weapons while making moderate statements to fool the world.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that the result of the current negotiations between Western nations and the Iranian regime must be nothing less than “the full dismantling of Iran's military nuclear program.”