Lieberman: Iran´s Goal Remains the Same (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/23/12)
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met on Tuesday in London with
Britain´s Foreign Secretary, William Hague.
During the meeting the two ministers discussed bilateral issues, the
continued strengthening of bilateral cooperation between Britain and
Israel, the situation in the Middle East and the negotiations
regarding Iran´s nuclear program.
The meeting came several hours after it was reported that Iran will
sign an agreement to cooperate with the United Nations’ IAEA nuclear
Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy
Agency, returned to Vienna Tuesday after a one-day visit to Tehran
and announced that “a decision was made to conclude and sign the
agreement. I can say it will be signed quite soon."
Lieberman expressed skepticism over the agreement, telling Hague at
the meeting that the Iranians are trying to create a more pleasant
and relaxed atmosphere during negotiations but that their goal
remains the same - to obtain nuclear weapons.
“While sanctions on Iran have an impact, it is not enough of an
impact to bring a real change in the situation,” Lieberman said. “We
should also pay attention to the negative Iranian involvement in
every possible place in the Middle East.”
Earlier, Defense Minister Ehud Barak also expressed doubt over the
value of an agreement between the IAEA and Iran.
“It appears that the Iranians are trying to reach a ‘technical
agreement’ which will create the impression of progress in the talks,
in order to remove some of the pressure before the [P5+1] talks
tomorrow in Baghdad; as well as to put off the intensification of
sanctions,” Barak said.
During his meeting with Hague, Lieberman also addressed the stalled
peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,
saying that even if Israel agrees to divide Jerusalem and return to
the indefensible pre-1967 borders, as the PA has continuously
demanded, the results will be the same as the result of the 2005
disengagement from Gaza: Missiles and terrorism in Israel.
“It is the Palestinians who are refusing to negotiate a just and
lasting settlement,” said Lieberman. “There is no partner for
negotiations on the Palestinian side led by Mahmoud Abbas.”
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/23/12)
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