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Netanyahu: Iran Uses Talks to Deceive

Prime Minister says P5+1 talks with Iran next week must involve dismantling Fordo/Qom installation.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 4/8/2012, 8:50 PM

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Sunday afternoon with his Italian counterpart Mario Monti. Following the meeting, Netanyahu spoke to reporters and mentioned the P5-1 talks with Iran scheduled for next week.

"We have seen that Iran uses the talks in order to deceive and mislead," he said. "We will follow the talks."

"Our policy with regard to Iran has not changed, and that is also what needs to happen at the talks," he added. "The demands from Iran must be clear – remove the enriched [nuclear] material, stop the enrichment and dismantle the installation at Qom."

Iran, meanwhile, has rejected these very demands, after they were spelled out to by European and US diplomats to The New York Times. The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, told Iran's ISNA news agency that the demands were "irrational."

The Fordo site, an underground bunker near Qom, "is built underground because of sanctions and the threats of attacks," he explained. "If they do not threaten us and guarantee that no aggression will occur, then there would be no need for countries to build facilities underground. They should change their behavior and language," he said.

Iran's enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity would also continue, he vowed, the P5+1's requests notwithstanding. "We do not see any rationale for such a request from the P5+1," he said. However, he added, "We will not produce 20 percent enrichment fuel more than what we need, because it is not in our benefit to produce and keep it."