Steinitz: US report on Iran terrorism should end delusions about nuclear program

By DANA SOMBERG/MAARIV HASHAVUA
June 20, 2015 16:10

 
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The latest State Department report detailing Iran’s continued sponsorship of international terrorism proves that Tehran cannot be trusted to curb its nuclear program, Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Yuval Steinitz said on Saturday.

Steinitz was reacting to the annual report issued by Washington which determined that terrorist attacks worldwide surged by more than a third and fatalities soared by 81 percent in 2014.

Last year also saw Islamic State eclipse al-Qaida as the leading jihadist militant group, the State Department said on Friday.

Steinitz, however, was more concerned with the report’s findings on Iran. The minister said the report’s conclusions “dealt a death knell” to “the American delusion according to which an easing of sanctions as part of an interim nuclear treaty would lead to a moderation of its position.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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