WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – With talks between Iran and world powers about an interim deal over Iran’s nuclear program ending quickly Wednesday evening in Geneva, an Iranian leader had choice words for Israel.
According to a report in the Times of Israel, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called Israel “the rabid dog of the region” and labeled it as “the Zionist regime.” He continued on by stating that Europe felt pressed to make concessions to the Zionists “because of their economic network,” but that it was doomed to fall and the people “should not be called humans.”
Khamenei, who was speaking to a crowd of roughly 50,000 paramilitary militia members, stated that Israel would disappear.
“The Zionist regime is a regime whose pillars are extremely shaky and is doomed to collapse,” Khamenei said, according to French news agency AFP. “Any phenomenon that is created by force cannot endure.”
“Death to Israel” was being shouted by the crowd according to television footage.
More talks are expected in the next few days between Iran and world powers on an interim deal over the country’s nuclear program.
The meeting held between Iranian representatives and the P5+1 nations was brief because it “was meant as a quick off on how we are going forward,” according to a senior US administration official’s comments to a Guardian reporter.
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the goal of the interim deal was so that Iran would stop the “advance” of its nuclear program and “roll back” some elements of it. Also, the country should accept more serious international inspections of its nuclear facilities.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke during a press conference with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow demanding that the Iranian nuclear program be fully dismantled. News agencies reported that Putin made “no promises” to Netanyahu that Russia would demad stricter terms for Iran in the interim deal.
The prime minister also insisted that the international community needs to call for the cessation of all Iranian uranium enrichment and close the country’s heavy water facility in Arak.