Israeli President to China: Iran Building Nuclear Bomb

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Saying it like it is—while that may be a dying art in many places, it’s not in Israel. This week, Israeli President Shimon Peres made sure he was crystal clear in telling China about Iran’s threat to the world. Speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to China, Peres said, “Iran is building a nuclear bomb, threatens to destroy Israel and is developing long range missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.”

As a member of the global negotiating team trying to reach a nuclear deal with Iran and holding veto power in the United Nations, China has a big say in the nuclear talks. In Peres’ comments, which were released by his office, the Israeli politician noted that China “has a central role in the efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb.” The press statement said the Chinese President said his country “understands Israel’s security concerns.”

How much of an impact that understanding has on China’s position remains to be seen. Traditionally, China has acted as a barrier to stronger sanctions on Iran.

Still, Peres words certainly had good timing. The major brand vs generic klonopin world powers, including China, are in the midst of another round of talks with Iran. And those talks are moving.

Iran’s Press TV quoted Iranian nuclear negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi as saying that “We have entered talks with seriousness and goodwill while insisting on our positions and rights, and expect that the negotiations will be finalized in [the scheduled] six months.”

The talks aim to address the world’s concerns regarding military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program and ensure the program is peaceful. Of course, one of Peres’ main points—Iran’s development of missiles that can carry nukes—is precisely one area Iran refuses to even discuss.

“We will not negotiate about the country’s ballistic missiles and defense system and will not put them to debate,” Araqchi said in the Press TV report.

So if the sides can’t even agree as to what is being discussed, how likely is it they will reach a deal? And if they do reach a deal, how likely is it that it will be a good one?

So keep talking Peres, because China and the rest of the world need to hear this.

(By Joshua Spurlock,, April 9, 2014)

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