Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Calls for the Destruction of Israel Amid Nuclear Talks

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

With conflicting reports over whether or not the P5+1 are nearing a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, social media became the sparring ground for preventing Iran from becoming a threshold nuclear power.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the other P5+1 nations met in Oman to try to hammer out a deal with Iran on its nuclear program before the November 24 deadline. But on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned negotiators not to allow Iran to become a nuclear threshold state.

In a message on his Facebook page, Netanyahu said his office sent a letter to the P5+1 nations (U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China) pointing out that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicly called for the destruction of Israel even as he’s negotiating a nuclear deal.

“The leader of this country that is depicted by some as moderate, the Islamic State of Iran, has said in the last 48 hours: one, that he calls for the annihilation of Israel — his words, not mine; two, he gives nine ways and reasons of how and why Israel should be annihilated — his words, not mine,” Netanyahu said.

On his Twitter page, Khamenei called Israel a “barbaric, wolflike [sic] and infanticidal [sic] regime” for which there is “no cure but to be annihilated.” He provided a nine-step plan for confronting and destroying the Jewish state, including arming the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, reports say Iran is preparing to expand its plutonium program and may have five times the advanced centrifuges as previously thought. That would shorten the time for Iran to achieve breakout and become a nuclear power.

“There is no moderation in Iran. It is unrepentant, unreformed, it calls for Israel’s eradication, it promotes international terrorism, and as the IAEA report just said, it continues to deceive the international community about its nuclear weapons program,” Netanyahu continued.

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Julie Stahl and Chris Mitchell

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