Israel PM: Talks have given Iran a ´freebie´ (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/16/12)
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Iran has bought itself extra time during a first round of key talks
with world powers over its disputed nuclear programme, Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.
"My initial impression is that Iran has been given a ´freebie´,"
Netanyahu said during talks with visiting US Senator Joe Lieberman,
the premier´s office reported.
"It has got five weeks to continue enrichment without any limitation,
any inhibition. I think Iran should take immediate steps to stop all
enrichment, take out all enrichment material and dismantle the
nuclear facility in Qom," he said.
"I believe that the world´s greatest practitioner of terrorism must
not have the opportunity to develop atomic bombs," he said.
At Saturday´s talks in Istanbul, during which Iranian officials sat
down with the so-called P5+1 grouping of diplomats from the United
States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, the sides agreed
to hold a more in-depth meeting in Baghdad on May 23.
Officials described the talks as positive but stressed that a great
deal was expected of Iran at the next meeting.
The UN Security Council has slapped four rounds of sanctions on
Tehran over suspicions harboured by Israel and much of the West that
Iran is seeking a militarised nuclear capability -- a charge which
Of special concern is Iran´s formerly secret Fordo site located deep
inside a mountain bunker near the holy city of Qom that is enriching
to 20 percent purity but which experts say could be reconfigured to
produce 90 percent weapons-grade material.
Israel, which sees a nuclear Iran as an existential threat, has not
ruled out a preemptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.
(Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 04/16/12)
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