Zarif: Israel's campaign against Iran serves to hide 'atrocities against Palestinians'

December 4, 2013 04:04

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Israel on Tuesday of using a "smoke screen" in order to divert international attention from its "atrocities against the Palestinians."

"If this deal is to ensure Iran never produces nuclear weapons which is the aim of this deal and it is an aim that we share why should they [Israelis] be worried, other than the fact that they have been trying to use the smoke screen in order to evade and divert international attention from their atrocities against the Palestinians, their daily violations of most basic tenets of international law and the fact that they remain the single most important security threat to this region and to the world," Zarif told Al Jazeera.

He called on all of the countries in the Middle East to unite against "a nuclear program that has been a threat to this region," of a country that has "both nuclear and chemical weapons," referring to Israel.

Zarif also denied holding back-channel secret discussions with the US in Oman, that according to reports helped secure the Geneva interim deal.

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