In Iran, celebrations broke out in the streets immediately following the announcement of the blueprint for a nuclear deal and continued the following day.
The following are excerpted statements by Israeli officials on the nuclear framework that was announced by the world’s six major powers and Iran on April 2.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
PM Netanyahu to Pres Obama: A deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of Israel. #IranTalks— Mark Regev (@MarkRegevPMO) April 2, 2015
PM Netanyahu: Just 2 days ago, Iran said 'the destruction of Israel is non-negotiable' #IranTalks— Mark Regev (@MarkRegevPMO) April 2, 2015
PM Netanyahu: In these fateful days Iran is accelerating the arming of its terror proxies to attack Israel #IranTalks— Mark Regev (@MarkRegevPMO) April 2, 2015
PM Netanyahu: This deal would legitimize Iran's nuclear program, bolster Iran's economy & increase Iran's aggression & terror #IranTalks— Mark Regev (@MarkRegevPMO) April 2, 2015
PM Netanyahu: Such a deal would not block Iran's path to the bomb. It would pave it. #IranTalks— Mark Regev (@MarkRegevPMO) April 2, 2015
PM Netanyahu: It would increase the risks of nuclear proliferation and the risks of a horrific war. #IranTalks— Mark Regev (@MarkRegevPMO) April 2, 2015
PM Netanyahu: The alternative is standing firm and increasing the pressure on Iran until a better deal is achieved. #IranTalks— Mark Regev (@MarkRegevPMO) April 2, 2015
As the civilized world is lulled into slumber on a bed of illusions the rulers of Iran continue to encourage subversion and terrorism.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) April 15, 2015
At the most, they make a halfhearted statement for the record.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) April 15, 2015
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: Well, I'm -- it's more they think it's a good deal, but we differ. I think this is a -- a bad deal. It leaves Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure. It lifts the sanctions on them fairly quickly and enables them to get billions of dollars into their coffers. They're not going to use it for schools or hospitals or roads, Martha, they're going to use it to pump up their terror machine worldwide and their military machine that is busy conquering the Middle East now.
And third, it's a temporary deal. That is, whatever restrictions are placed on Iran's nuclear program, they're removed after a few years and Iran will be free to have a vast arsenal with which to, uh, ultimately produce many nuclear bombs.
I think for the preeminent terrorist state of our time to have a free path, an easy pass to nuclear weapons endangers Israel, endangers the region, endangers the world, it endangers everyone listening to me right now.
RADDATZ: Do you think President Obama is just too trusting?
NETANYAHU: Look, I think we have a legitimate difference of view. And I think that it's not only my own concerns. I think that the real concerns in the region, whatever is stated publicly as such, that if Iran is given this free path to the tomb, a deal that doesn't block Iran's path to nuclear weapons, but actually paves it, what will happen is that this will spark a nuclear arms race among the Sunni countries in the Middle East. And that would have -- a nuclear-armed Middle East, I think that's a global danger. I think it's very, very bad.
RADDATZ: What will you do to try to stop this? What will you do for the next three months?
NETANYAHU: Well, first of all, I think there is still time to reach a good deal, a better deal. And I think what is required is to hold firm, to increase the pressures until a better deal is achieved, one that significantly rolls back Iran's nuclear infrastructure and one that doesn't lift the restrictions on Iran -- on Iran's nuclear program until they stop their aggression in the region, until they stop their terrorism worldwide.
RADDATZ: The United States says it will be phased in. That hasn't even really been decided.
NETANYAHU: Well, it's never even been on the table, nor have ICBMs, intercontinental ballistic missiles, that they can use to propel their nuclear weapons to any part of the world, including the United States.
Nothing has been asked of Iran, to change its aggressive and terrorist policies, nothing. And I think it's important to change the deal, to toughen up the deal, to get a better deal, because we all prefer to find a solution, but it has to be the right one.
RADDATZ: How can you get a deal that Iran would accept? The U.S. and others who have been dealing for years, and you've got other players involved in this now. How can you get a deal that they would accept?
NETANYAHU: Martha, I think that what they don't accept today, they can accept tomorrow. If I told you two years ago that Syria's Bashar al-Assad would accept a deal that takes out all the chemicals for Syria, that takes out all the chemical weapons from Syria, just takes it out, not leave inspectors or beefed up inspectors to inspect what is there but actually take out the whole stuff, you would have said that's unrealistic. And you know what...
RADDATZ: Would you consider unilateral air strikes?
NETANYAHU: Well, first, let me say that we prefer a peaceful solution. How did you get a peaceful solution in Syria? You ratcheted up the pressure. And when Syria saw that that -- those pressures were raining down on them, they agreed to what was not agreed before. The same could be true with Iran.
RADDATZ: So would you threaten unilateral air strikes to Iran?
NETANYAHU: I never talk about our military option or anyone else's. The United States says that it has a military option on the table. But equally -- and I think no less effective -- have been the crippling sanctions that have only been applied swine 2012, crippling financial and economic sanctions, especially on the oil sector. And with the drop in oil, those sanctions have become even more effective. That's what got Iran to the table in the first place. And then, once they're at the table, why let up on those sanctions? In fact, that's the time to increase the pressure and to get tomorrow what you can't get today.
—April 5 2015 on ABC's "This Week"
Member of the Knesset Yair Lapid
“There is no opposition and coalition when it comes to the Iranian nuclear issue.”
Members of the Knesset Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni
"We are entering a new phase in dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat...We must remember that the main part is yet to come and we must ensure that the final agreement will set the Iranian nuclear program back so as to prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons and to ensure Israel's security interests."
—April 3, 2015, according to the press
The following are excerpted statements by Iranian officials on the nuclear framework that was announced by the world’s six major powers and Iran on April 2.
Centrifuges have to spin and peoples lives, economy have to move forward. Today we have gotten closer to that objective. #RouhaniLive— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) April 3, 2015
2nd step taken last night laid out the #NuclearDeal framework, 3rd step would be the final agreement in June, & 4th step the implementation— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) April 3, 2015
Sanctions were not imposed to bring Iran to table, their aim was to make Iran surrender. Claiming sanctions brought us to table is baseless.— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) April 3, 2015
Always a believer in negotiations & dialogue. In fact, was negotiating on this very #nuclear case prior to sanctions.— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) April 3, 2015
If other negotiating party fulfils promises, Iran will fulfil promises. If they choose different a path, other options will be available.— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) April 3, 2015
Good evening ladies and gentleman. Let me again thank you all for having followed our work. We’ve done significant work. If we look back at recent history, and if we succeed, we’ve taken a major step, but we’re still some time away from reaching where we want to be. If we succeed, this will be one of the few cases where an issue is resolved through diplomatic means, an issue of significance. And that would require an approach that would concentrate on a non-zero sum outcome, a win-win outcome. And that was my country’s approach to this from the very beginning.
And that, I think, would be a major step forward. We have stopped a cycle that was not in the interest of anybody. Not in the interest of non-proliferation and not in the interest of anybody to one that will, in fact, be a gain for all parties concerned. And I hope that at the end of this process we will all show that true dialogue and engagement with dignity we can, in fact, resolve problems, open new horizons and move forward.
Iran/P5+1 Statement: "The EU will TERMINATE the implementation of ALL nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions". How about this?— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 2, 2015
Iran/5+1 Statement: "US will cease the application of ALL nuclear-related secondary economic and financial sanctions." Is this gradual?— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 2, 2015
The solutions are good for all, as they stand. There is no need to spin using "fact sheets" so early on.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 2, 2015
Iran FM @Jzarif: You cannot speak with our people with language of force and sanctions— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: They first wanted to destroy Arak, mothball Fordow, demanded that we only keep 2-300 centrifuges.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @Jzarif: Kerry brought up an important point in post-understanding interview, saying "Iranians will not surrender"— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: We have never been, or will be, after a bomb. We are not after regional hegemony. We want good relations with our neighbors.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: We've never been after a bomb. Our Leader has fatwa against nukes. We closed touted & supposed bomb routes ourselves.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: We had capability to produce chemical weapons in 80s but inspectors certified that we never did so, even when Saddam gassed us— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: We didn't say one thing in negotiating room and another before media. We didn't produce "fact sheet".— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: When Americans say one thing here and another there, this is not sign of power. Time of force is over.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: There are still brackets in the text If not, we would have an agreement right now.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: Europeans complained to Americans about their claim that EU position on own sanctions was 'suspension' and not 'lifting'— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: In end, we'll have intl agreement, under Ch 7/Section 41 of UN Charter, will terminate previous resolutions & endorse deal— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: Maybe because of their own internal pressures, they (US) write "fact sheets" first and then negotiate.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: US says no fissile material at Fordow. But find one place where Americans mention that 1,000 centrifuges will remain at Fordow.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif (abt negotiation details): We know people have right to know, but don't want to cause hindrance to finalization of deal.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: We're not after being two-faced. We don't play games. We enter talks with seriousness. We don't say one thing, do another.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: We use word 'terminate' abt sanctions in Lausanne understanding bec Mr Kerry used suspend/lift interchangeable— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: On day of implementation of deal, IAEA will verify it, and that day, US will terminate oil, financial, bank sanctions— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: Senators' letter to us sought to drag us into domestic US politics. We will never be dragged into it.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: Until few weeks ago, mention of 'heavy water' in Iran was seen as blasphemy in West. Now look at the Lausanne understanding.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: I prefer not to discuss 'what if' in case of cheating on their side etc. Shouldn't start trust-building w/ mistrust.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: If US was all-powerful, it would not sit at negotiating table with us.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
FM @JZarif: They all said 'heavy water' means 'bomb. We told them that was not the case. Our heavy water reactor last thing to be accepted.— Iran Nuclear Energy (@nuclearenergyir) April 4, 2015
“What Iran wanted eventually took place despite the plans proposed by the U.S., China and Russia; the Arak Heavy Water Reactor will continue to produce plutonium."
—April 7, 2015 according to the press
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The following is an excerpt from Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement on the nuclear talks between Iran and the world’s six major powers.
U.S. lawmakers released the following statements on the outcome of nuclear talks between Iran and the world’s six major powers.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
"Neville Chamberlain got a lot of more out of Hitler than Wendy Sherman got out of Iran."
"[Lifting any more sanctions on Iran] dooms the Middle East to yet another war."
“There’s nothing for Iranians to do but go at breakneck speed to a nuclear weapon...We’re moving straight to forcing Israel to clean up this mess … when the West does nothing, Israel over and over has done something.”
—April 2, 2015 in a statement
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
—April 2, 2015 in a statement
Much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure will be rolled back or halted altogether. Only about 5,000 of its current 19,000 centrifuges will be allowed to enrich uranium, the heavy-water Arak reactor will be rebuilt to specifications agreed to by the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, Germany) and Iran will be prohibited from producing weapons-grade plutonium. No uranium will be enriched over 3.67 percent for 15 years.
The fact that sanctions will be lifted only when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified that Iran has been in full compliance is an incentive for Iran to cooperate.
I am grateful to President Barack Obama, Secretary John Kerry and his team, as well as our allies for establishing this robust and verifiable agreement. Over the next three months the t’s must be crossed and i’s dotted in order to put the agreement into action. I will be working in Congress to make sure that we play a constructive role in supporting this historic diplomatic achievement, one that will make the region – including our closest ally, Israel – the United States and the world safer.”
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