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Netanyahu told U.S. media he would not initiate contact with the new Iranian president, but would not turn down an overture out of hand.
“Yeah, we’re not the first to call,” Netanyahu told Piers Morgan, a CNN host who asked him in an interview broadcast Thursday if he would take a call from Hassan Rohani.
Separately, Netanyahu told NPR in an interview broadcast Thursday that he would consider an offer to engage directly with Rohani, but also suggested such engagement was beside the point. More urgent was the need to get Iran to suspend its suspected nuclear weapons program, he said.
“If I’m offered, I’d consider it, but it’s not an issue,” he told NPR. “If I meet with these people I’d stick this question in their face: Are you prepared to dismantle your program completely? Because you can’t stay with the enrichment.”
Israel opposes any resolution to tensions with Iran that would allow it to continue enriching uranium at any level. The United States and other Western powers reportedly are ready to allow Iran to continue to enrich at levels well below those needed for weaponization.
Netanyahu this week took his concerns about engagement to the United Nations, U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress.
Rohani, who insists Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful, spoke with Obama by phone last week, the highest level engagement between the United States and Iran since the 1979 revolution.
Returning Friday to Israel, Netanyahu said he would continue to make an issue of Iran’s supposed nuclear weapons program.
“We are engaged in a comprehensive international struggle against the Iranian nuclear program,” he said.
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Israel has expressed anger over Iran’s selection for a high-level position on a UN committee dealing with disarmament and international security issues.
In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday, Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor criticized the world body for appointing Iran as rapporteur of the UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security.
Prosor said Iran’s appointment to such a position “erodes the UN legitimacy.”
The 193-member UN committee deals with all disarmament and international security issues, cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, and principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments.
The committee chose Iran for the position shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, where he once again accused Iran of seeking to develop an atomic bomb and demanded Tehran dismantle its entire nuclear program.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
On July 30, a spokesman for the Iranian UN mission announced Tehran’s bid to apply for the position of the rapporteur of the UN committee. The rapporteur reports on the committee's proceedings.
In 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to hold a high-level meeting on global nuclear disarmament for the first time upon a request by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states.
Ik vroeg me pas af of Sharon eigenlijk nog in een life-support aquariumtank zat, maar die is in 2014 al naar Olam ha-Emet vertrokken.
"'Samenleving' is een biologische constructie."
— Kryptozoid, lid 69
— Kryptozoid, lid 69
Hij verdiende het vele malen pijnlijker te sterven. Dat zeg ik niet snel, maar Sabra en Shatilah, Tempelberg en Gaza-slachtingen op je naam betekent dat je een grote gore klootzak was.
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Best wel een domrechtse opmerking weer trouwens. Hij is slechts de joodse variant op Sisi en andere Arabische leiders. Er is zoveel moois daar voor jou!
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