Netanyahu and Hollande take tough stance on Iran

By Charlotte Oliver, November 18, 2013
President Hollande and Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: AFP)

President Hollande and Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: AFP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday he would not be bound by a “bad agreement” on Iran, which would allow Hassan Rouhani’s regime to produce the necessary fissile material for a nuclear weapon.

Mr Netanyahu referred to the proposed deal being discussed by the P5+1 group - namely, the United States, Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany - as “bad and dangerous” during a joint press conference with French President François Hollande in Jerusalem.

The Prime Minister told Mr Hollande, who is currently marking his first visit to Israel as head of State, that “Iran’s dream deal is the world’s nightmare” and that the only option is to dismantle all of the Tehran’s nuclear capabilities.

Meanwhile, Mr Hollande reiterated France’s firm stance on Iran, saying he wanted “a serious, significant agreement that will give results”.

He spoke of the need to maintain full economic sanctions on Iran, to place all of the Tehran’s nuclear plants under international control, and to reduce all existing stockpiles of enriched uranium.

Mr Netanyahu welcomed France’s hard line, saying that Mr Hollande had stood up for “what is right, and I appreciate that”.

He told the French President: “It is my duty to prevent anyone who credibly threatens to execute another Holocaust against the Jewish people. This is my obligation, but our common obligation for mankind and for our common future.”

Last updated: 9:47am, November 18 2013