German FM criticizes Israel over opposing Iran talks conclusion

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier ©AFP

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has criticized Israel’s opposition to the conclusion of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group over Tehran’s nuclear program, saying it will contribute to security in the Middle East. 

"This is a responsible deal and Israel should also take a closer look at it and not criticize the agreement in a very coarse way," Steinmeier said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD on Wednesday. 

Following 18 days of marathon talks in the Austrian city of Vienna over Tehran’s nuclear program, Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany -- reached a conclusion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Based on the nuclear conclusion, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions, including all economic and financial bans, against the Islamic Republic.

The senior German diplomat’s remarks came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the conclusion of talks over Iran’s nuclear program as a "stunning, historic mistake."

The Israeli regime has on numerous occasions and openly expressed opposition to the  talks between Iran and the P5+1 group and the conclusion of the negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement on July 14, 2015, after the conclusion of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 group over Tehran’s nuclear program. ©AFP


Addressing the Iranian nation following the conclusion of the talks, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the talks had four main objectives, namely Iran's ability to go ahead with its nuclear activities, lifting of "cruel and inhumane sanctions," annulment of all "illegal" sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council against Iran and the withdrawal of Iran's nuclear dossier from the UN Security Council.

The text of the conclusion will be now presented to the UN Security Council, which will adopt a resolution in seven to 10 days making the JCPOA an official document.

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