President Rohani Vows Iran Will Abide by Its Commitments in Nuclear Deal

Netanyahu: Final nuclear deal must force Iran to recognize Israel's right to exist.

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Iran's President Hassan Rohani.
Iran's President Hassan Rohani.Credit: AP

Iran's President Hassan Rohani has pledged his nation will abide by its commitments in the framework nuclear agreement reached with the six world powers in Switzerland.

Rohani said in a national address on Friday that the Iranians will "remain loyal and stand by the promises" they made," and that they do not seek to deceive" the international community.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, continued to voice opposition to the interim deal that was announced on Thursday.

Netanayhu said Friday that a final nuclear agreement between the six world powers and Iran must require Tehran to recognize Israel's right to exist.

"Israel will not accept a deal that will allow a state that calls for its destruction to acquire nuclear weapons," he said in a statement to the press.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Credit: Emil Salman

Members of Israel's security cabinet convened late on Friday morning to discuss the framework deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 nations over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

The prime minister said that the security cabinet is unanimous in its staunch opposition to the framework, which he described as a "bad deal." He added that the terms pose "a danger to the region and the world, and threaten Israel's existence."

Netanyahu further asserted that the deal gives international legitimacy to Iran's illegal nuclear program, and will result in an almost immediate elimination of sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.

Netanyahu claimed that "within years, the deal will lift all the restrictions imposed on Iran's nuclear program," thus allowing it to develop greater capabilities and produce several atom bombs within months. This, despite fact that the understandings between Iran and the world powers stipulate that the agreement will be in effect for 10 to 15 years, and that the oversight of Iran's nuclear facilities is to remain in place for 20 to 25 years.

Netanyahu's decision to convene the cabinet for a special session only hours before the Passover seder was made following a difficult overnight telephone conversation he held with U.S. President Barack Obama.

During the conversation, Netanyahu told Obama that any final deal struck with Iran and based on the agreements reached on Thursday would pose an existential threat to Israel. Obama, in turn, reiterated his commitment to Israel's security, and noted that he has asked his national security team to step up consultations with the new Israeli government over strengthening the defense cooperation between the two countries.

The U.S., Iran and five other world powers announced Thursday they've reached an understanding that will direct them toward achieving a comprehensive nuclear agreement within three months.

As per the terms, after the final deal takes effect on June 30, the economic sanctions on Iran will be lifted and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will gain access to the country's nuclear facilities.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday that Israel's government should take a closer look at the deal, the main points of which "are intended to guarantee that security in the Middle East... will improve, and not get worse." Steinmeier nevertheless said it was too early to celebrate the framework deal because there was much work to do before a final agreement was signed.

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