Israel accused Iran of “deception and self-delusion” in what has been called the most significant development between the United States and the Iran in the last 34 years.
Barack Obama said that “Diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure, a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear programme is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon. While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal. For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear programme.”
The deal commits Iran to stop uranium enrichment above five per cent, limit existing stockpiles of enriched uranium, stop further development of the Arak reactor and allow increased inspections of its nuclear sites.
In turn, the six world super powers – the U.S, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany (P5+1) – are committed to relieve economic sanctions on Iran.
The compromise reached in Geneva may only be for six months but it has significantly reshuffled alliances in the middle east and inevitably caused controversy. The United States have called it a “great deal”, a standpoint that contradicts that of their Israeli allies who are calling it a “historic mistake”.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his cabinet: “Today the world has become a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world has taken a significant step toward attaining the most dangerous weapon in the world”.
Remaining highly critical of negations between Iran and U.S, the Israeli embassy in Dublin reiterated today that, “The agreement that was signed between Iran and the P5+1 is a bad agreement and a mistake. Iran received the deal it wanted, and the West received a very bad and dangerous deal. There is no such thing as a half solution in a matter like this; the example of North Korea shows that when extremist regimes get a soft deal like this it does not produce stability in the long-term but merely buys the regime time to further its ambitions.”
With such a strong reaction from the Israeli side, it can’t but highlight the fact that Israel refuses to acknowledge publicly that it has nuclear weapons. The U.S government also officially does not acknowledge the existence of such a program.