Daily Israel Report

Political-Security Cabinet Discusses Iran

The Iranians are continuing to develop their nuclear program despite the sanctions, members of the Political-Security Cabinet are told.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 9/5/2012, 3:16 AM

Nuclear reactor (illustration)
Nuclear reactor (illustration)
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Members of the Political-Security Cabinet met on Tuesday to discuss the Iranian nuclear program.

According to intelligence information presented at the meeting, the Iranians are continuing to develop their nuclear program, despite the sanctions imposed by the West.

A senior official was quoted as having said during the meeting, “We heard information that is very disturbing, but is still not scary. The Iranians are continuing their activities with determination. They are not succumbing to international pressure, but on the other hand they are not yet ‘going wild’ with their actions.”

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned that a nuclear armed Iran would precipitate a nuclear arms race in the entire Middle East.

“If Iran achieves nuclear capability, it will be the end of all agreements on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons,” he said. “The direct result would be a wild race to arm the entire Middle East with nuclear weapons.”

“Iran does not need a nuclear program for peaceful purposes,” Lieberman added. “I think that the international community must pay more attention to what a nuclear Iran would really mean.”

On Monday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the international community must set a “clear red line” in order to avoid a war over Iran's controversial nuclear program.

“This is a brutal regime that is racing ahead with its nuclear program because it doesn't see a clear red line from the international community,” Netanyahu said during a meeting with Israeli and U.S. servicemen wounded in conflict.

He added, “And it doesn't see the necessary resolve and determination from the international community. The greater the resolve and the clearer the red line, the less likely we'll have conflict.”

The latest report by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that Iran has increased its uranium enrichment capacity by at least 30% in the last four months, and has doubled production capacity at the Fordo nuclear site.