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Ashton spokesman Michael Mann said that the EU had not been behind the decision to ban press from the lobby.
“This decision was taken by the Swiss police,” he said. “Nothing to do with us.”
“I am trying to find a workable solution,” Mann said.
For Israel, the biggest threat against us and against global security is Iran's effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons. Israel's approach is that the international community needs to insist on its positions as expressed in UN Security Council resolutions. That is: halt all enrichment, to remove all enriched material, to dismantle the centrifuges and to stop building the facility in Arak. We want a peaceful, diplomatic solution; everyone prefers this over any other solution. But this must be a genuine solution.
For five years, Administration policies have strained relationships with key allies, contributed to instability in a region long essential to American and global security, and emboldened our nation’s adversaries. Look at Syria. After President Obama’s Syrian policy collapsed before the world’s eyes, we lost the trust of valued allies and were scorned by adversaries.
As a result, it is harder today to combat Iran’s destabilizing activities throughout the region and prevent its determined drive towards nuclear capability. Our allies who watched the United States back down in Syria worry that the credibility of our military option against Iran has been eroded, and fear he will cut a bad deal with Iran. They have good reason to worry.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a photo opportunity before the start of three days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Denis Balibouse)