Nasrallah: Failure to strike deal with Iran will result in regional war

Hezbollah chief accuses Israel of trying to stop nuclear deal in attempt to drag Middle East into conflict.

November 13, 2013 23:16
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses supporters on the eve of Ashura in Beirut, November 13.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Hasan Shaaban)


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Failure to strike a deal with Iran over its nuclear program would result in "war in the region," Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday, according to news portal Now Lebanon.

"To all Arab peoples in the Gulf countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE and Oman: What is the alternative to understanding between Iran and world leaders? It is regional war," Nasrallah said in a rare public appearance to mark the Shiite Muslim Ashura holiday in southern Beirut.

Nasrallah accused Israel of trying to prevent the deal between Tehran and the P5+1 countries from being signed, in an attempt to push the Middle East into conflict.

"Israel wants a war in the region... it wants the US to strike Syria and attack Iran," the Hezbollah chief accused.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "is angry and is attempting everything in his power to prevent a deal from taking place... he even called for the help of his Arab partners," Nasrallah said, referring to repeated warnings from Netanyahu against a "very bad deal" with Iran.

He also condemned Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states pushing to stop the impending deal with the Islamic Republic, accusing them of teaming up with Israel for this purpose.

“Unfortunately, Netanyahu has become a spokesperson for some Arab states," he said.

Nasrallah also denied that a nuclear agreement with the West would lead Iran to abandon Hezbollah, stressing that Hezbollah has full confidence in both its Iranian and Syrian allies.

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