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Iran calls claims of arms shipment to Gaza a scenario full of lies
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at1b(5).jpgTEHRAN – Iran has categorically dismissed the Israeli allegations that Tehran sought to send missiles to the Gaza Strip on a ship, saying it is an attempt by Tel Aviv to derail the nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers.  
 
The claim is a “scenario full of lies which could only be created by sick minds,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a statement issued on Friday.
 
Afkham added that the Israeli lobby has openly announced that it seeks to undermine the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany).    
 
Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the nuclear deal between Iran and the 5+1 group a “historic mistake”.
 
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also dismissed the claims, calling them “lies”. Writing on his twitter account, Zarif said, “An Iranian ship carrying arms for Gaza. Captured just in time for annual AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) anti-Iran campaign. Amazing Coincidence! Or same failed lies.”
 
The claim was made as Netanyahu visited Washington, where he used a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and a speech to the Israeli lobby group AIPAC to express his dissatisfaction over the nuclear deal between Iran and the 5+1 group. 
 
On Wednesday, Israel claimed it had intercepted a ship carrying an Iranian shipment of advanced rockets bound for the Palestinian territory of Gaza.
 
Hamas also dismissed the Israeli announcement as a “silly joke”.
 
“This is a new Israeli lie aimed to justify and prolong the blockade of Gaza,” said Taher Al-Nono, an advisor of Palestine’s democratically elected prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, whose Hamas movement rules Gaza.
 
Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner said the rockets were flown from Syria to Iran, from where they were shipped first to Iraq and then toward Sudan.
 
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