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Netanyahu 'Scaremongering' Won't Prevent Deal, Iran's Zarif Says

Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 03:41 PM

(Bloomberg) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the U.S. Congress on March 3 will amount to “scaremongering” aimed at derailing stability in the Middle East, Iran’s Foreign Minister said.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said negotiations in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program have made progress on technical issues, while “differences of opinion remain in many other areas,” including sanctions. The U.S. is among six nations negotiating with Iran, over the objections of Israel.

Zarif said Netanyahu “is against any solution” and that his speech in the U.S. will show his desire “to derail peace in the region through scaremongering and spreading lies, even inside other countries.”

“It’s a futile effort and it must not become an obstacle to reaching an agreement,” Zarif told reporters at a joint press conference in Tehran with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, broadcast live on state television.

Netanyahu intends to use his speech to U.S. lawmakers to warn against a nuclear accord with Iran. President Barack Obama’s administration says Congress’s invitation to Netanyahu was inappropriate given that Israel’s general election is on March 17. Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry plan not to attend.

Talks among senior diplomats from Iran and the U.S., the U.K., China, Germany, France, Russia and the European Union will resume on March 5 in the Swiss city of Montreux.

“We are hopeful that this week we can attain more progress on other issues, especially the removal of these cruel sanctions, and then we can formulate this progress into a comprehensive, precise and workable agreement,” Zarif said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Golnar Motevalli in Tehran at gmotevalli@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net Laurence Arnold

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