Iran denounced as “lie-spreading” a speech Tuesday in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the US Congress that a nuclear deal being negotiated with Tehran would threaten the world.
In a statement, foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham rejected as “very repetitious and boring Netanyahu’s continuous lie-spreading about the goals and intentions behind Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.”
Earlier Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted that “US officials are obliged to show consideration for Israel & cover up its crimes.”
Khamenei, who will need to approve together with the Iranian parliament any deal achieved with the P5+1 member states, added that “Zionists corporations’ money & power have troubled them [US officials].”
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) March 3, 2015
Khamenei also tweeted: “In the past 50 yrs, how much money and #reputation has it cost US to support #Israel’s crimes? Who other than its nation has paid for it?”
In a rousing address to Congress, Netanyahu warned that Iran was bent on subjugating and terrorizing the Middle East, and that it was a threat to the entire world through its nuclear program.
“Iran’s founding document promises the pursuit of jihad, and states are collapsing across the Middle East,” Netanyahu said in the speech to a joint meeting of the Congress.
The Iranian spokeswoman said the speech was a “sign of weakness” and that it revealed the isolation of “radical groups” in the Jewish state.
The anti-Iranian policy “is facing serious problems because of the continuous talks and Iran’s serious determination to overcome this fabricated crisis,” she was quoted as saying.