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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Israel warns international community over Iran nuclear programme

Defence minister Ehud Barak says 'there must be no window' Iran can creep through to advance nuclear programme

A sceptical Israel has warned the international community against being fooled by Iran apparently inching closer to entertaining concessions on its nuclear programme in the face of stringent sanctions.

As talks got under way in Baghdad, defence minister Ehud Barak accused the Islamic republic of seeking "a little wriggle room" in moving towards allowing international nuclear inspectors access to sites and documentation. Earlier he warned against mistaking the "illusion of progress" for real advances.

The world "must not blink, concede nor cave at the last minute", he said, while reiterating Israel's position that it would not rule out any option, including a military one. President Barack Obama and the west were "willing to compromise" while, in contrast, "Israel is demanding a complete halt to Iranian uranium enrichment". All enriched uranium must be removed from the country. There must be no "window or crack' which the Iranians can [creep] through to advance their military nuclear programme".

On Monday, the prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a similarly uncompromising message to the six countries – the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – involved in Wednesday's talks in the Iraqi capital. "Iran wants to destroy Israel and it is developing nuclear weapons to fulfill that goal," Netanyahu told a conference in Jerusalem. Read More