PM: No concessions for Iran (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Boaz Fyler Published: 05.21.12, 21:34)
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Ahead of talks between Iran and major powers, Netanyahu reiterates
demand to bring Tehran´s nuclear program to complete halt, urges
international community to remain firm in its stance
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said that "Iran wants to
destroy Israel and is developing nuclear weapons to that end."
Speaking at a Civil Service Commission ceremony, Netanyahu noted
that "Iran is threatening Israel and the whole world," and urged the
international community to "remain firm and not make any
The prime minister added that he has heard "many voices in recent
weeks that cast doubt on Iran´s intentions. They say that when Iran´s
leaders say they want to wipe Israel off the map, they actually mean
something else in Persian.
"I wonder what they have to say about Iran´s chief of staff, who
declared yesterday that his country is committed to the full
destruction of Israel. As simple as that."
Netanyahu reiterated his demand that Iran halts all uranium
enrichment, saying that it is necessary to "remove enriched nuclear
material from the country and dismantle the underground nuclear
facilities near Qom.
"This is the only way to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear
bomb. This is Israel´s position – it has not changed, and will not
change," he said.
Netanyahu´s comments come amid ongoing talks between the Islamic
Republic and the six major powers, which are meant to curb Iran´s
nuclear ambitions. The sides are scheduled to meet for a second round
of talks in Baghdad on Tuesday.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak also commented on talks with Iran, saying
that Israel is "very skeptical about Iran´s intentions.
"I predict that the Iranians will try to appear as if they are making
progress, in order to reduce some of the international pressure,"
Earlier on Monday, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) Yukiya Amano met officials in Tehran, saying he held "frank"
talks with Iranian officials over the country´s nuclear program.
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