[Update] See comment below – No Nuclear Deal As France Self Interest Prevails.
○ France24: No deal after France objected to a proposed agreement
○ RT: France stalls deal on Iran nuclear program, talks to resume shortly
○ YnetNews: Is France touting Netanyahu’s tough stance of no enrichment?
Cracking the toughest of issues, the foreign ministers of the 5+1 nations are converging on Geneva for a possible break-through in the Iranian nuclear talks. Secretary Kerry abruptly broke-off his Mid-East tour and is on the plane towards Geneva. Same for France’s Fabius, UK’s Hague, Germany’s Westerwelle, EU’s Ashton and Russia’s Lavrov. In Jerusalem, dark clouds and thunder from the Prime Minister’s Office predicting doom and perdition if a nuclear deal is reached.
(Ynet News) – Tensions reach boiling point: PM briefly meets Kerry before latter heads to Geneva; says Israel ‘not obliged’ to agreement between Tehran world powers, adds ‘Iranians got everything and paid nothing.
Israel utterly rejects a mooted world powers deal with Iran aimed at ending a long-running row over its nuclear ambitions and will not be bound by such an accord, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday. Speaking as headed into a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Netanyahu told reporters that Iran had got “the deal of the century”.
“Israel utterly rejects it and what I am saying is shared by many in the region, whether or not they express that publicly. Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself and the security of its people.”
Netanyahu was meeting Kerry for the third time in barely 48 hours. The US secretary of state was due to fly immediately afterwards to Geneva where Iran and six world powers are holding negotiations.
My comment – US Confusion In Setting Policy On Syria by Oui on Sept. 13, 2013
Kerry and Lavrov have an excellent working relationship and are devoted to a political solution for the Syria crisis. Since the end of May, efforts of Kerry for diplomacy have been stymied from inside the White House. I suspect the NeoCon influence of National Security adviser Susan Rice as the culprit. Ms Rice has a close relationship with PBO and put sufficient doubt in his mind to take a tough stand on the Assad regime and threaten military action. Obama himself decided to step away from the brink of starting another prolonged war on a Muslim nation.
○ Kerry In Moscow – A Breath of Fresh Air May 7, 2013
○ Obama ahead of G8 – Syria Crossed Red Line June 15, 2013
○ John Kerry Again Rules Out Military Action in Syria June 26, 2013
○ Rice and Kerry: War Inside the White House Aug. 8, 2013
○ Barack Obama and an Act of War plus follow-up Aug. 26, 2013
If John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov illustrate their determination …
STEP 1 – Resolve CW issue on Syria
STEP 2 – Arms embargo and a political solution for Syria
STEP 3 – Resolve nuclear issue of Iran with president Rouhani
STEP 4 – Finalize a peace treaty between Israel and Palestine
Obama made a courageous decision stepping away from 35 years of biased US policy on the Middle East. Angry Arab states Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar plus Turkey and Israel. Praise from Russia, Iran and Iraq (Maliki).
- ○ US/Russia Should Lead – A Yalta Conference on Middle East by Oui on Aug. 22, 2013