Israel seeking to damage Iran-West ties
Iran's First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Jan. 27 that Israel, from the very beginning, was seeking to damage relations between Iran and the West, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Jahangiri said Israel did its utmost to send Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council and following the Geneva Accord signed between Iran and the P5+1 in November 2013, it began to raise "hue and cry."
Underlining Iran's resolve to protect its right to peaceful nuclear technology, the vice president said as the religious edict (Fatwa) issued by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to ban manufacturing and stockpiling atomic bombs, Iranians have never been pursuing nuclear weapons.
Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24,2013 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
The Geneva deal took effect on January 20, 2014 and expired on July 20, 2014.
However, the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months till November 24, 2014 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.
At a meeting held on November 24, 2014, the sides agreed to extend the talks for further seven months.