Former New York City Mayor says Obama is on a “reckless” path with Iran, as negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran progress.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that the US should take a stronger stance against Iran — or risk appeasing what he calls an “insane” regime, AP reports.
Giuliani spoke on Saturday at a rally in Berlin, organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an exiled opposition group.
Giuliani said that the government in Tehran “has proven to us that it shouldn’t be trusted with any kind of nuclear capacity,” and therefore the US should be cautious regarding negotiations.
Giuliani: Whoever Trusts Iran is ‘Stupid’
Anyone who believes otherwise is “stupid” Giuliani stressed, risking the kind of appeasement that Britain tried with Nazi Germany in 1938, according to AP.
“What he [Obama] is doing with Iran right now is extremely reckless and it’s going to create an Iranian-controlled northern Middle East,” Giuliani told the Associated Press. He cited Tehran’s growing influence in the region, which he said could prompt a dangerous reaction from Iran’s Sunni rival Saudi Arabia.
Arab countries have repeatedly voiced their fears of a nuclear Iran, which could set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
Giuliani previously expressed support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a special session of Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat, telling Israeli television that Netanyahu’s speech was timely.
In a subsequent interview with the Israel Hayom daily newspaper, Giuliani said that most Americans share Netanyahu’s concerns over a nuclear Iran.
“You have to understand that I, as an American, fear a nuclear Iran no less than the Prime Minister of Israel and no less than Israeli citizens,” he said.
“Think for a second – a bad agreement with Iran would give a group of irrational and insane people nuclear capability. If I were Netanyahu, I would go to the ends of the earth to discuss Iran’s nuclear program – on any stage I was given and in every situation. In our case now, it’s the Congress,” he added.
Zarif: Nuclear Deal Likely
Speaking on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the negotiating parties are likely to reach an accord.
“I believe there are more chances of success than failure,” the Iranian IRNA news site quotes him as saying. “The odds of [reaching] a [final] deal is more than 50 percent,” he said.
“I feel both sides believe it will be more useful if the talks yield an agreement rather than break down,” he underscored.
“Lifting the UN Security Council’s sanctions has no complications and only depends on political will,” Zarif said in an interview with a weekly affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).
Iran and the P5+1 (Britain, France, the US, China, Russia and Germany) are seeking to seal a comprehensive nuclear deal by July 1. The two sides have already missed two self-imposed deadlines for inking a final deal since signing an interim agreement in November 2013.
Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up intense negotiations in Montreux, Switzerland. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), and US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz also attended the talks.
IRNA quotes “an informed source close to Iran’s negotiating team” as saying that the next round of talks at a ministerial level has already been slated for March 15-20.
By: United with Israel Staff
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