Israeli PM says world cannot let Iran achieve nuclear capabilities

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a press conference with visiting German chancellor Tuesday that the world must make sure Iran will not achieve nuclear capabilities, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

“We cannot afford to have a world with a fanatic regime holding nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said, cautioning Tehran’s continued efforts “to achieve nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles” which could reach Europe and the United States.

Commenting on the nuclear talks between Iran and some world powers, the Israeli prime minister said their permanent deal should make sure that Tehran would not be able to achieve nuclear capabilities.

He also objected to a plan proposed by the U.S. negotiation team to allow Iran a restricted and low-scale uranium enrichment program for nonmilitary purposes.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, for her part, said the Iranian nuclear program is not only a threat to Israel but to Europe as well, while expressing commitment to the talks between Iran and the world powers, or the P5+1 group which Germany is a part of, toward a comprehensive agreement.

“The P5+1 have a diplomatic opportunity to act and we need to examine everything to see that Iran holds up to its commitments,” Merkel was quoted by Ynet news website as saying.

Merkel did not comment on Israel’s demand that Iran should halt all its nuclear activities under a negotiated deal with the P5+1 group, which is composed of the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.

Netanyahu has marked his battle against a nuclear Iran one of the key components of his political agenda, calling an interim agreement between the P5+1 and Iran in November a “historic mistake.”

Under the deal, Iran suspended its 20-percent uranium enrichment and started the process of diluting and oxidizing its 196 kg stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium in exchange for partial relief of the sanctions imposed on its energy and financial sectors.

Netanyahu had tried to campaign against the easing of the sanctions on Iran until it halts all its uranium enrichment and removes its enrichment centrifuges. His campaign is criticized in Israel by center-left politicians, who claim he is trying to divert the public’s attention from the domestic socioeconomic situation.

Iran, on its part, insists that its nuclear plan aims at peaceful purposes and criticizes Netanyahu’s attempts to interfere with its contacts with the P5+1 group.



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