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Netanyahu: Iran Must Give Up its Nuclear Ambitions

An agreement with Iran should require it to completely give up its centrifuges, says PM during meeting with Czech President.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 10/8/2013, 2:14 AM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Monday with the President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman.

Netanyahu said during the meeting that an agreement between Iran and the West should only be made if Iran agrees to give up its nuclear ambitions.

Israel has no objections to talking with Iran, Netanyahu stressed, but the negotiations “must bring real results.”

“The question we must all ask is why is Iran insisting on centrifuges on uranium enrichment?” said Netanyahu. “If they say all they want is peaceful energy...well, I don’t believe them...but anyone who is faced with this should ask a simple question: Why do you insist on those elements that are not necessary for civilian energy?”

“Centrifuges and plutonium plants are not needed to produce nuclear energy,” he added. “In fact, 17 countries are producing nuclear energy without them. The sole reason that Iran insists on plutonium reactors and on centrifuges for enrichment is to produce weapons.”

In light of this, Netanyahu said, a real agreement with Iran would require it to completely give up its centrifuges and plutonium plants.

“If they do that, I think we could all be satisfied and we could all support such an achievement,” he added.

Netanyahu thanked Zeman for his country’s friendship, saying, “We have no better friends in Europe than the Czech Republic.”

The Czech Republic was the only European country that voted against the Palestinian Authority's unilateral statehood bid at the United Nations last November.

Netanyahu later visited the country and thanked its Prime Minister, Petr Necas, for his country's vote.