US President Barack Obama has said it would be a “fundamental misjudgment” to ask Iran to recognize Israel as part of the nuclear deal. Israel says it is still thinking of military action against the Iran pact.
Barack Obama has told US radio network that demanding for Iran to recognize Israel would go beyond the scope of the nuclear deal discussed with Tehran.
Representatives from Iran met with US, France, China, Germany and Russia’s officials to seal a framework agreement on reducing Iran’s nuclear stockpile last Thursday.
Obama said “The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transform. And that, I think, is a fundamental judgment,”
The US wanted Iran to not have nuclear weapons precisely because it did not see the Teheran regime changing very soon. Obama added that if Iran suddenly transformed into “Germany or Sweden or France,” there would be a “different set of conversations” about nuclear infrastructure.
On the other hand Israel warns that it is still considering military action against Iran’s nuclear program.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu accuses Iran of wanting to crush his nation and demands that no agreement be sealed unless Teheran recognizes the country.
Israeli leaders believe a nuclear-armed Iran will lead to an arms race in the Middle East, further limiting the stability of the region.
The framework agreement aims at cutting down Iran’s bomb-making capabilities while reducing international sanctions and implementing regular inspections. A final deal is due to be signed on June 30.
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