A senior Iranian military leader said on Tuesday that Iran will not acquiesce to Western nuclear negotiators and that the regime is “more distrustful than ever” of the United States, according to state-run media reports.
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday will seek to dim the optimism after nuclear talks with Iran, cautioning that Tehran is strengthening its strategic regional position by calling the shots in Syria as President Bashar al-Assad’s puppet master.
In talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome on Wednesday, Netanyahu is expected to argue against easing Western sanctions on Iran, which hinted at recent Geneva talks it was willing to scale back its nuclear program.
Nine Democratic and Republican U.S. senators said on Monday they were open to suspending the implementation of new sanctions on Iran but only if Tehran takes significant steps to slow its nuclear program.
The Iranian economy is just 18 months away from collapse according to Israeli intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz.