Netanyahu condemns world powers for lowering demands from Iran (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Barak Ravid 05/30/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he was
disappointed that the six world powers engaged in nuclear talks with
Iran had lowered their demands from Tehran.
"After a few rounds of talks - I am sorry to say that the demands
from Iran are not enough," Netanyahu said during a speech at the
Institute for National Security Studies."I hoped the P5+1 will demand
that Iran halt all enrichment - but instead they are lowering their
demands from Iran."
Netanyahu criticized the P5+1 - Russia, China, France, Britain, the
United States and Germany - that in the last round of talks in
Baghdad, they did not even demand that Iran halt all enrichment but
only demanded enrichment to 20 percent.
"Not only do we need to tighten the sanctions on Iran, we also need
to toughen the demands from Iran and see their implementation,"
Netanyahu stressed. "Iran might temporarily halt enrichment to 20%
but the test will be to see if they agree to halt all enrichment."
Senior Israeli officials said Monday that gaps exist between the U.S.
and Israel over Iran´s nuclear program.
The Iranians arrived at the Baghdad talks to gain time,” said the
Israeli official. “We are saying this with prior knowledge, not only
“The Iranians have given nothing up to this point and have not
yielded over a thing, but they have gained eight weeks to continue
their nuclear program. We believed that Iran would be willing to make
sacrifices over the issue of enrichment to the level of 20% in order
to save its nuclear program, but even they are not even willing to do
On Friday, an American negotiation team arrived in Israel following
two days of intensive talks in Baghdad. According to an American
official, the U.S. government does not feel that Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to pressure it over negotiations with
Iran. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/30/12)
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