Barak demands Iran give up uranium enrichment

May 23, 2012 09:58
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Israel stands by its position that Iran completely stop enriching uranium and transfer its existing supply to a third country, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview with Army Radio Wednesday.

Ahead of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 world powers set to begin in Baghdad later in the day, Barak said, "Obama and the other Western leaders are not naive, but they seek progress, so they are willing to compromise."

"Dragging things out, in our eyes, is problematic, so conversations between the West and Iran must occur more frequently. North Korea also negotiated with the West but in the end tested nuclear weapons," he continued.

Barak played down Tuesday's announcement of a breakthrough between Iran and the IAEA as a negotiating tactic.

"The developments with Iran and the IAEA were expected," Barak said.

According to Barak, Iran is positioning itself to tell powers at the Baghdad talks that they are working out procedural issues with the IAEA, while telling IAEA chief Yukiya Amano that they are working substantive issues out with the superpowers.

"It allows them to play somewhat of a game," Barak said.

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