News ID: 281058
Published: 0713 GMT February 24, 2021

Netanyahu now resorting to ‘bigoted lies to conjure Iranophobia’: Khatibzadeh

Netanyahu now resorting to ‘bigoted lies to conjure Iranophobia’: Khatibzadeh

Iran has reacted to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most recent allegations, saying he is desperately resorting to “bigoted lies” to promote Iranophobia.

“Angry at losing his dupe in the WH, Netanyahu resorts to bigoted lies to conjure racist Iranophobia,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted on Wednesday. 

The spokesman added that irked by the failure of his plots against Iran, which has opposed the regime’s occupation and oppressive policies, Netanyahu is now seeking in vain to demonize Iran.  

“It must really hurt that his anti-#Iran plots have come to naught yet again,” he said, adding, “From saving Jews to opposing occupation, Iran has always fought oppressors. History doesn't lie.” 

The remarks came a day after Netanyahu, a major influence on former President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran accord in 2018, said Israel will not rely on efforts to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Press TV wrote.

“With or without an agreement, we will do everything so [Iran isn’t] armed with nuclear weapons,” he added. 

Israel's allegations against Iran comes as the Tel Aviv regime is widely believed to be the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Israel maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity over its nuclear work and has defied calls to put its atomic activities under the surveillance of the UN nuclear watchdog. 

Netanyahu on Monday met with Israeli minister for military affairs, Benny Gantz, foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi, military chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Mossad director Yossi Cohen, national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, ambassador to the US Gilad Erdan and others to discuss Israel’s strategy and response to US President Joe Biden administration’s attempted move to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Trump, who described himself as the most Israeli friendly US president ever, withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, in a move criticized by the international community but embraced by Israel. 

Trump repeatedly called the JCPOA, which was endorsed by the UN Security Council in the form of a resolution, the worst ever deal negotiated and accused Iran of failing to honor its commitments although Washington itself forfeited the right to comment on compliance as it quit the accord. 

Iran fully remained committed to the JCPOA for a year even after the US withdrawal, its reimposition of sanctions and its threats against others that they should follow US suit or face punitive measures. 

In response to the US measures, Iran took a series of steps in May 2019 to gradually suspend some of its commitments based on the legal mechanism stipulated in Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA.

In its latest move, Iran announced on Tuesday that it had suspended implementation of the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Safeguards Agreement, which allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to carry out short-notice inspections of the country’s nuclear facilities, after the US failed to lift the sanctions by a deadline of February 23 set by Tehran. 

Despite a halt to the implementation of the Additional Protocol, Iran has pointed out that it will keep implementing its commitments under the NPT Safeguards Agreements and will continue cooperation with the IAEA. 

Iran says it seeks to see palpable action not mere words by the administration of Biden, who was vice president when the JCPOA was signed. 

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the United States should “immediately” end its failed policy of economic terrorism against the Iranian nation, noting such a move is a prerequisite for negotiations within the framework of the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal.

Speaking during a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Rouhani stressed that the Islamic Republic still wants the JCPOA to remain strong, but that the agreement’s survival in the current situation hinges on the US abandonment of its economic terror campaign.


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