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Israel to send delegation to lobby U.S. on Iran

English.news.cn   2014-09-03 20:54:36

JERUSALEM, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Israel will send a delegation to the United States ahead of the resumption of the talks between world powers and Iran, trying to promote a tougher stance toward Iran.

"Israel is making a tremendous effort in order to prevent a bad agreement between Iran and the world powers," Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) told Israel Radio Wednesday.

The delegation will reiterate Israel's stern demands against any deal with Iran that does not include the removal of all Iranian nuclear capabilities, an Israeli official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Steinitz told the radio that while Iran made some concessions on secondary issues, they "did not budge" in their stance on uranium enrichment.

The P5+1 countries (China, the United States, UK, France, Russia and Germany) will resume negotiations with Iran later in Sept. in New York.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Monday that Iran is "quite optimistic" on reaching a nuclear deal with the world leaders and European Union's Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton in Brussels.

Both parties did not reach a final deal in July. According to various reports, both sides made headway on topics including the fate of several nuclear facilities and the issue of monitoring the existing ones.

Iran claims its nuclear program is designed for civilian purposes and demands that the west would lift the crippling economic sanctions on the country.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been an advocate of a hardline stance against Iran, and warned that a nuclear Iran a threat to the well-being of the world. He also called an interim agreement reached between Iran and the world powers in Nov last year a "historic mistake."

Editor: Shen Qing
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