Barak: Iran fooling West with readiness to reach deal

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May 22, 2012 17:46

Iran is fooling the West in its apparent readiness to reach a deal on its nuclear program, Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned on Tuesday.

"The Iranians appear to be trying to reach a technical deal that will create an appearance as if there is progress in the talks to remove some of the pressure ahead of the talks in Baghdad and to postpone an escalation in sanctions," Barak said during a meeting at the Defense Ministry.

Barak said that Israel's demands remained a complete stop to enrichment activities in Iran, including enrichment that is taking place to 20 percent and 3.5 percent. Israel, he said, also demands that all of the enriched material, except for a symbolic amount, be removed from Iran, which would also have to agree to an increase in supervision of its nuclear program by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"Even if Iran is allowed to retain several hundred kilograms of low enriched uranium, it will need to be done under close supervision that will ensure that they will not have enough to continue towards a nuclear-military capability," he said.

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