Defense Minister Ehud Barak 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Iran must open all of its nuclear facilities to the IAEA,
and disclose its entire history of activity related to the allegation of developing a nuclear weapon, Defense Minister
Ehud Barak said Sunday.
Barak added this new stipulation to previous conditions he laid out last week, which he reiterated Sunday in light of a New York Times
report that laid out the United States' list of demands for Iran over its nuclear program. Barak previously stated that Iran
must agree to close the underground facilities at Fordow, and
to transfer all uranium fuel enriched to 20 percent out of Iran.
The Times article, which was
published on Saturday, said the US would demand at upcoming P5+1 talks
with Iran that Tehran close its underground nuclear facility at Fordow,
and transfer out of the country uranium fuel that has been enriched to
weapons-grade level. The US reiterated its acceptance of a civilian
nuclear program, which Iran is allowed to pursue under its acceptance of
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty.
The Obama administration
and its European allies also will call for a halt in the production of
higher-level enrichment of uranium fuel, and the shipment of existing
stockpiles of that fuel out of Iran, the newspaper said, citing US and
Defense Ministry Diplomatic-Security Bureau Head Amos Gilad Maj.-Gen. (res.) also responded to the Times
article on Sunday morning, saying the most important part of the report is the US's
insistence that Iran not be allowed to acquire a nuclear bomb. "The US's
unequivocal commitment that it won't allow Iran to acquire a nuclear
weapon is the most important part" of the Times
report, Gilad told Army Radio.
Diplomats told the Times
they could not imagine any agreement that left Iran with a stockpile of
fuel, enriched to 20 percent purity, that could be converted to the
grade needed to make an atomic bomb in a matter of months.
have no idea how the Iranians will react," a senior Obama administration
official told the newspaper. "We probably won't know after the first
The opening talks are tentatively set for Friday.