Netanyahu and Lieberman dismiss reports of U.S. negotiations with Iran


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman appeared nonplussed and indifferent on Sunday when asked to comment on a New York Times report that the U.S. has agreed to negotiations with Iran.

Lieberman said that he "believes the White House's denial" of the talks, because the U.S. has "a decade of experience vis-a-vis Iran on these issues. The Iranian proposals are meant to buy time and to cheat."

Netanayhu said that Israel has "no information on such contacts and I cannot say they are happening." He also said that he believes negotiations with Iran would be pointless, since the Islamic republic "is actively using negotiations to advance its nuclear program and buy time."

It remains unclear whether the Times report is accurate or not. Both the White House and Iran have denied it. On the other hand, the denials may have come in response to the leak of the story, rather than because the report itself is inaccurate.

That is, the possibility of talks may, in fact, have ended; but only because they would no longer be secret due to the Times report.

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