Rouhani says Geneva nuclear deal increased Israel's isolation

Marking 100 days to presidency, Rouhani says Tehran's enemies are now "more isolated than ever"; vows to never stop uranium enrichment.

November 27, 2013 00:30
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Rouhani laughing 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Keith Bedford )


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The first-stage deal signed between Iran and world powers in Geneva has caused the isolation of the Islamic Republic's enemies, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday in a TV question-and-answer session marking the first 100 days of his presidency.

“Many were trying to isolate Iran, but who is isolated today? Our enemies are in fact isolated,” the Iranian president said, according to Iran's PressTV.

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While he did not mention Israel specifically, he used a language commonly used by Arab nations to describe it, speaking of "an illegitimate, occupier regime."

Following the signing two days prior of the deal with the P5+1 group to halt nuclear enrichment for six months as talks continue in an effort to reach a more permanent accord, Rouhani vowed to the Iranian people that Tehran will never stop uranium enrichment.

“Enrichment, which is one part of our nuclear right, will continue, it is continuing today and it will continue tomorrow and our enrichment will never stop and this is our red line,” he said.

He boasted that his administration was able to neutralize a rift of unilateral and multilateral sanctions against Iran and that the deal created cracks in the sanctions regime.

As a part of the deal signed on Sunday, Iran has agreed to take measures to curb some of its nuclear activity in return for some sanctions relief and the promise no new sanctions will be imposed on Tehran in the next six months.

The Iranian Foreign Minister rejected on Tuesday a fact sheet released by the White House detailing the agreements set in the interim nuclear deal signed in Geneva.

“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action (the title of the Iran-powers deal), and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham was quoted by Iranian news agency Fars as saying.

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