Iran calls Obama’s 10-year nuclear demand ‘unacceptable’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva March 2, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

(Reuters) – Iran on Tuesday rejected as “unacceptable” U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Iran laid out the position as the U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers met for a second day of negotiations and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a stinging critique of the agreement that they are trying to work out.

Iran’s Mohammed Javad Zarif and the United States’ John Kerry met a day after Obama told Reuters that Iran must commit to a verifiable halt of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear work for a landmark atomic deal to be reached.

“Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Fars.

“Obama’s stance … is expressed in unacceptable and threatening phrases … ,” he reportedly said, adding that talks with Kerry in Switzerland would nonetheless carry on…

  • Xavier

    If Iran doesn’t like it and Netanyahu doesn’t like it then Barry thinks he got it “just right”.

  • Exile1981

    Iran doesn’t like anything that stops them getting the bomb.

    The sanctions where working if Obama had just left it alone they would have collapsed in another year or so. Or if he had supported the uprisings in Iran… of course the uprisings where for democracy and he has issues with that form of government.

  • Xavier

    You’d almost think Obama has Iranian activist close by.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Kerry’s daughter is married to an Iranian-American with family in the Old Country.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    That Iran wants to continue the talks even after rejecting Obama’s key demand calls their bluff.

  • Iran wouldn’t freeze its program nor would Obama make it so that Iran would never build its nuclear program.