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Netanyahu outlines Israeli demands for final nuclear agreement with Iran

English.news.cn   2013-12-10 01:38:48            

JERUSALEM, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined on Monday Israel's demands for a final agreement between Iran and world powers, including a halt to Iran' s enrichment activities and its ballistic missiles, as well as a change in its policy toward Israel.

Netanyahu made the statement at the beginning of his meeting with Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina in Jerusalem, according to the Prime Minister's Office.

"The greatest threat to stability in the Middle East is Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. It's therefore critical that the final deal with Iran prevent that from happening," Netanyahu said, maintaining his claim that Iran is trying to build atomic bombs under the cover of its nuclear program.

"That means no enrichment (of uranium), no centrifuges, no heavy water reactor, no weapons program, no ballistic missiles and a change in Iran's policies: no genocide against Israel, no terrorist support, no undermining of regimes in the Middle East," he said.

"None of these components ...that I described are necessary for civilian nuclear energy," Netanyahu added, referring to Iran's claims that its nuclear plan is meant solely for peaceful purposes.

Netanyahu's comments are the latest of his efforts to influence the final deal between Iran and the P5+1 powers -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- after losing a battle on the interim agreement Iran signed with the world powers in Geneva last month.

The interim deal, dubbed by Netanyahu as a "historic mistake," will be implemented over the next six months.

Netanyahu has been campaigning world-wide for months against the deal, charging that the Iranians are using "charm offensives" to get the world to decrease sanctions while carrying on with their plans to achieve nuclear weapons.

Israeli-Iranian relations soured since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran, and Israeli officials have called Iran a threat to the Jewish state, citing Iranian leaders' hostile remarks against Israel.


IAEA inspectors arrive in Tehran for Arak reactor visit

TEHRAN, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- A team of inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived here on Saturday to visit Iran's Arak heavy water reactor, the state IRIB TV reported.

Under a Framework for Cooperation with Iran, signed on Nov. 11 in Tehran, Iran and the Agency agreed "to strengthen their cooperation and dialogue aimed at ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program through the resolution of all outstanding issues," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said earlier.  Full story


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