Barak: Sanctions Won´t Halt Iran´s Nuclear Bid (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/09/12)
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday expressed deep misgivings about
upcoming talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1, and the efficacy
of sanctions on Tehran.
"It is clear that the depths of the sanctions is different for what
we had in the past, and it has its impact both the closing of the
swift clearing system as well as the sanctions on the oil export and,
of course, the coming negotiations that will probably encourage them
to move," Barak told CNNs Fareed Zakaria during a lengthy interview.
"But to tell the truth, we hope for the better, but I don´t believe
that this amount of sanctions and pressure will bring the Iranian
leadership to the conclusion that they have to stop their nuclear
military program," he added.
During the interview Barak told Zakaria in no uncertain terms what
Iran would have to agree to in order to avert an Israeli strike on
its nuclear facilities.
"We are not against any kind of effective and urgent sanctions, not
even against negotiations. But we told our American friends as well
as the Europeans that we would have expected the threshold for
successful negotiation to be clear, namely that the P5+1 will demand
clearly that, number one, no more enrichment to 20 percent," Barak
"All the already enriched 20 percent material out of the country to a
neighboring trusted country. Then all the material enriched to 3.5
percent, probably except for a few hundred kilograms, should be taken
out of the country, once again, into a neighboring trusted country.
"Number three, the installation in Fordo near Qom under the ground
should be decommissioned in order not to enable them to resume
enrichment to 20 percent, and tight inspection by the IAEA, according
to protocol 3.1, should be imposed.
"If all these are met, even if they get in exchange fuel rods for
their TLR, their research reactor and so on, that could be OK. It
would be a different regime," Barak explained.
However, Barak was also clear that Iran´s current proposal of merely
halting the enrichment of uranium to 20% would be unacceptable to
"But if the P5+1 will settle for a much lower threshold, like just
stop enriching 20 percent, it means that basically the Iranians, at a
very cheap cost, bought their way into continuing their military
program, slightly slower, but without sanctions. That will be a total
change of direction for the world.
"I really see it as a major change for the whole world. I really see
it as a critical time for the rest of the world as well. And I really
think that the tightest possible sanctions and steps against Iran
should be ratcheting in a way that will effectively corner it," Barak
Later, Barak concluded the interview saying Israel was in a unique
and dangerous position on the world stage, and stood with a sword in
one hand and an olive branch in the other.
"We realize we are living in a tough neighborhood, no mercy for the
weak and no second opportunity for those who cannot defend
themselves. We want to be strong, ready to protect ourselves, under
whatever kind of threat, but at the same time, stretching out our
hand to make peace with any neighbor who is ready for it," Barak
said. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/09/12)
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