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Netanyahu: Iran Needs Missiles to Carry Medical Isotopes?

Iran would not be developing missiles for a nuclear warhead if it wanted nuclear power to carry medical isotopes, Netanyahu tells CNN.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 4/25/2012, 10:44 AM

Iranian centrifuges in Natanz
Iranian centrifuges in Natanz
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Iran would not be developing missiles for a nuclear warhead if it wanted nuclear power to carry medical isotopes, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told CNN Tuesday.

“They have to stop all enrichment," he told interviewer Erin Burnett, who asked if Israel would be satisfied if Iran were to restrict its nuclear program to enriching only 3 percent grade uranium.

He explained that "they – they say they need it for, what? Medical isotopes?... After you stop all enrichment – [the next step] is remove the enriched material and you'll get these rods from another country that can allow you to use – nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. And third, dismantle the underground bunker at Qom. If they have no military goals they should respond to this readily.”

He charged that Iran simply is stalling to “run out the clock” for sanctions that have been imposed to pressure it to reconsider its nuclear development.

The Prime Minister told the interviewer that sanctions against Iran are working to the extent that “they're certainly taking a bite out of the Iranian economy, but so far they haven't rolled back the Iranian program or even stopped it by one iota.”

He also assured CNN that Israeli intelligence in Iran is working well. Responding to Burnett’s question how Israel knows that Iran is spinning centrifuges for uranium, he replied,  “We know and others know and we share what we know.”

As for Burnett’s question that Iran says its nuclear program is for “peaceful purposes,”  Prime Minister Netanyahu laughed, “Well, you know – well, you have a sense of humor…. This is a farce. Nobody can seriously– nobody can take them seriously.

When she turned to American politics, the Prime Minister refused to get caught into taking sides between apparent Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

“I have enough politics of my own. I don't need to enter American politics,” he said. “If you want talk to me about American policy, then I think the right policy is to make sure that Iran doesn't get nuclear weapons. By the way, that would be a catastrophe for world peace. A great danger to American interests and to American lives.”