Iran’s foreign minister said Friday his country will not enter nuclear talks with Israel, the country’s official news agency reported.
A report by IRNA quoted Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that the Islamic Republic would not attend a meeting in which Israel participates, referring to possible Israeli participation in talks between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Zarif said that instead of putting pressure on Iran, the world powers should try to push for regional disarmament, a reference to disarming Israel’s own nuclear arsenal. Israel is widely believed to have atomic weapons but does not acknowledge having a nuclear arsenal.
“We do consider the Zionist regime as the biggest regional and world danger,” he said.
Joseph Macmanus, the chief U.S. delegate to the IAEA, told The Associated Press that Najafi’s anti-Israel comments were “inflammatory … and wrong.”