In November 2013, the U.N. Security Council (U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia, plus Germany) met with Iranian officials to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. That meeting concluded with a six-month accord in which Iran agreed to cap its nuclear program in return for limited sanctions relief by the West.
This week, the Council is meeting in Vienna in hopes of finalizing that deal, though many, including Israel, are doubtful the talks will be successful.
Indeed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of Jewish leaders from the United States that the interim deal reached last November has slowed Iran’s nuclear program by only four weeks, reports CBN News.
Netanyahu told conference participants that Iran has given “practically nothing… but it’s receiving a new position in the world. It’s being legitimized.”
The Prime Minster also cautioned of the consequences of failed negotiations. He warned that Iran’s new centrifuges are 50 times faster, and that the country is developing ICBMs—intercontinental ballistic missiles.
"By the way, the range is geared to Europe and soon to the United States. It's not for us," he explained. "And there's only one purpose in the world to develop ICBMs. You don't develop intercontinental ballistic missiles to deliver some hundreds of kilos of TNT. Believe me, nobody does that. You develop an ICBM to deliver a nuclear payload."
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told CBN News that current U.S. policy toward Iran is naïve.
"This is not a government our country can trust," Huckabee said. "I'm amazed at the naiveté of the Obama administration when it comes to Iran."
The talks in Vienna are expected to last three days.
Publication Date: February 18, 2014.