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Prague - Netanyahu Skeptical Iran Would End Nuclear Program

Published on: May 18, 2012 07:51 AM
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 Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (C) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) inspect the honour guard before their talks in Prague, Czech Republic, 17 May 2012. Netanyahu is on a one-day working visit to the Czech Republic.  EPA/FILIP SINGER Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (C) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) inspect the honour guard before their talks in Prague, Czech Republic, 17 May 2012. Netanyahu is on a one-day working visit to the Czech Republic.  EPA/FILIP SINGER

Prague - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he is skeptical that Iran will agree to halt its nuclear program, accusing Tehran of playing a “chess game” with the international community.

Just days ahead of a crucial round of nuclear talks with Tehran, Netanyahu said “nothing would be better than to just see this issue solved diplomatically.”

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“But I have to say I see no evidence whatsoever that Iran is serious about ending its nuclear program,” he said.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany are gearing up for a May 23 meeting with Iran in Baghdad.

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, like energy production. The West and Israel suspect Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. Israel says a nuclear weapon in the hands of Iran would threaten the Jewish state’s survival.

Speaking briefly after meeting Czech President Vaclav Klaus in Prague, Netanyahu called the Iranian nuclear program “the paramount issue of our time.”

He repeated Israeli demands to be met for the negotiations to be successful: all uranium enrichment inside Iran has to be frozen, its current stockpile of enriched uranium has to be shipped out of the country and an underground enrichment facility near the city of Qom has to be dismantled.

“When this is achieved, I’m the first one to applaud. But until then, you have to count me among the skeptics,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu did not present any ultimatums, but Israeli officials have said time is running out to avoid military action. Also the U.S. has said it has plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons

In Prague, Netanyahu accused Iran of using the talks just to “buy time, pretty much as North Korea did for years,” going “from meeting to meeting with empty promises.”

“Iran is very good in playing this chess game,” he said.


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 May 18, 2012 at 02:50 PM Anonymous Says:

only one way to stop iran and unfortunately its going to take military.
sanctions and talks are a waste of time with these people they are toying with the world and especialy with china and russia helping them.

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