Durham, NC – On Tuesday the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany agreed to resume negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

This news came one day after President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program.

Quotes:

Regarding A Possible Attack on Iran by Israel:

“Any military attacks on Iran, especially by Israel, would be an extremely big mistake and an enormous obstacle to the spread of democracy and human rights in Iran because it would be the best guarantee for the continuance of the Iran’s theocratic regime.

“The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the Israeli government’s threat to attack Iran. They would use this threat as a ‘heaven-sent gift’ to increase their illegal restrictions on the people, and to put pressure on the opposition.”

On Sanctions:

“Difficult sanctions against Iran have harmed the people more than the government. The government is spending its oil revenue to compensate for the sanctions. The impact of sanctions on the ordinary life of Iranians is undeniable. The lower class and middle class are suffering from inflation and increasing prices. The sanctions have not led to rebellion or protest against the dictatorship.”

On Iran’s nuclear program:

“Israel, which is widely believed to have nuclear weapons and is not a member of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, is in no position to say to others you can’t have nuclear weapons. There is a Persian idiom: ‘When you eat a date you cannot prevent others from eating a date.’ Peace requires a world free of nuclear weapons without any exceptions. If nuclear weapons are illegal and evil, it should be universal and for all countries, including the U.S. and Israel. A double-standard policy is immoral.

“Iran does not possess a nuclear weapon, but its regime is anti-Israeli and anti-American. Israel’s fear is not about the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the world, but they fear a nuclear Iran would change the balance of the power in the region against Israel.

“The main demand of the Green Movement in Iran is enriching democracy and human rights. Enriching uranium (the Iranian government’s demand) or stopping the enrichment of the uranium (Israeli’s demand) is not among the demands of the Iranian people.”