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(SOURCE) Iran has accused four workers of trying to sabotage its nuclear power programme, tacitly blaming Israel for the plot.
The Iranian nuclear power chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said yesterday that the authorities had monitored the suspects as they worked in one of the country’s nuclear facilities and made the arrests at ‘exactly the right time’.
Although he did not spell out who he believed was responsible, he blamed ‘hostile’ nations – usually a reference to either Israel or the U.S. – which were opposed to current diplomatic efforts to resolve the row over Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons ambitions.
As Iran is currently engaged in an all-out charm offensive with America while Israel has warned the world not to trust the Iranians, experts believe it is obvious where Mr Salehi is pointing the finger of blame.
He later claimed Iranian authorities had foiled ‘several cases’ of similar sabotage attempts in the past ‘two or three weeks’ but did not elaborate.
‘Hostile countries are not interested in finding way out of current situation and they are trying to block agreement on the nuclear case though acts of sabotage.’
Tensions between Israel and Iran have sharpened in recent days with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week denouncing Iran’s attempts to reassure the West over its alleged nuclear weapons ambitions.
Mr Netanyahu also revealed that Israel had arrested a Belgian-Iranian man on charges of spying for Iran.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played the spoiler Tuesday to Iran’s attempts to ease relations with the West, calling the Iranian leader “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” and declaring that Israel will do whatever it takes to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it has to stand alone.
Speaking to world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu gave a point-by-point rebuttal of President Hassan Rouhani’s speech last week signaling a willingness to discuss Iran’s disputed nuclear program.
Accusing Rouhani of a “charm offensive” aimed at getting the West to lift crippling sanctions, Netanyahu portrayed him as “a loyal servant of the regime” who has done nothing to stop his country’s nuclear program since he took office in June.
Rouhani, he added, must have known about terrorist attacks carried out by Iranian agents in Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Berlin in the 1990s because he was national security adviser at the time.
Israel’s hope for the future is challenged “by a nuclear-armed Iran that seeks our destruction,” the Israeli leader said.
Iran exercises right of reply at UN General Assembly, saying ‘Iran has an inalienable right to peaceful nuclear energy’- @MayaErgas
Commentary by: Gordon King
Really?! Really! Who are they trying to kid? Should Iran have “peaceful” nuclear energy?
Where do I start? Lets see, Iran, one of the leading Islamic nations promoting death, destruction, hate, murder, torture, rape and sodomy in the world. Against both Christians and Jews. Numerous threats to annihilate and wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Oh, I forgot, Islam is a religion of “peace”. Hmmm…yeah sure, they should have nuclear energy. NOT!!!
These people are nuts! God love them and help them. I love them as people, but I hate their evil and wicked ways. They are driven by Satan himself.
This is what is happening in our world, this is how our world has changed. I bet you that most of the world will agree with the Iranian statement of having nuclear energy. It would not surprise me one bit.
That is one of the main problems in this world, many people feel that it is their right to have whatever they want without earning it. Such as the entitlement programs here in America. Apparently Iran feels the same way about nuclear energy. I say “Hogwash”! They must earn the right to have nuclear energy. Have they earned it? Definitely not. They have shown and proven to be an evil government and not to trust them. They shall reap what they sow.
I feel for the innocent people of Iran. I pray for their peace, safety and protection. May God show them the truth and lead them down the right path.
Commentary By: Gordon King
What the new President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is saying in this article is a “crock”. He says that what the Nazis did to the Jews and non-Jews is reprehensible and condemnable. He goes on to say: “Whatever crimes they committed against the Jews, we condemn. The taking of human life is contemptible: it makes no difference whether that life is a Jewish life, Christian or Muslim. For us, it is the same. The taking of human life is something our religion rejects.”
What?! Something that their religion rejects! Are you kidding me?! It is exactly what their religion promotes and encourages. As a matter of fact, the Quran commands the followers of Muhammad (Islam) to kill, torture and maim anyone (especially Jews and Christians) who disbelieves in Allah (including other Muslims who are not following these commands).
Islam is the religion of killing, murdering, death, torture, crime, violence, sodomy, pedophilia, lust, evil, hate, chaos, war, jihad, disrespect, lying, cheating and stealing. If you compare Islam to Satan, they almost seem like they are one and the same. What does it take for the world to wake up from their sleep and to see the truth?
Let us not forget what Jesus told us:
Matthew 7:15 You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
Do you trust this man?
Iran’s new president denounced Nazi crimes “against the Jews” yesterday and offered “peace and friendship” to Americans as he sought to recast his country’s image.
Mr Rouhani could not bring himself explicitly to acknowledge the historical truth of the deaths of six million Jews. “I am not a historian,” he said. “When it comes to speaking of the dimensions of the Holocaust, it is the historians that should reflect on it.”
He added: “But in general I can tell you that any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis committed towards the Jews, as well as non-Jewish people, is reprehensible and condemnable as far as we are concerned.”
Mr Rouhani said: “Whatever crimes they committed against the Jews, we condemn. The taking of human life is contemptible: it makes no difference whether that life is a Jewish life, Christian or Muslim. For us, it is the same. The taking of human life is something our religion rejects.”
At aid committee meeting, top US diplomat says all issues ‘on the table’; Israel announces 5,000 new work permits for Palestinians, easing of Gaza restrictions
UNITED NATIONS — Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to intensify peace talks aimed at reaching a final agreement, not an interim accord, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.
The two sides met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York at a conference of donors looking for ways to revive the fragile Palestinian economy.
“I will tell you that all of the issues are on the table: territory, security, refugees, Jerusalem – all of the final status issues are on the table. And importantly, we are not seeking an interim agreement; we are seeking a final status agreement.”
PM doesn’t want anyone easing the pressure until there’s real change in Tehran’s nuclear program. But it’s a stance that isolating Israel, while Rouhani leads his country in from the cold
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers aren’t alone in their skepticism of Tehran’s newly friendly face. But Jerusalem’s refusal to consider giving the Iranians a chance to prove their sincerity, and to do as little as possible to acknowledge the ostensible goodwill gestures — as underlined by the Israeli delegation solo boycott of President Hasan Rouhani’s UN speech on Tuesday — threatens to isolate Israel rather than the Islamist foe it so mistrusts.
Jerusalem is well aware of this. Netanyahu knows he’s “spoiling the party,” an official told The Times of Israel with striking candor. But the prime minister, said the official, sees a “moral obligation” in insisting that Iran be measured by deeds not speeches, in urging the world not to be misled by empty rhetoric.