Energy and water minister: Iran seeks to ease sanctions with nuke talks

October 4, 2013 13:50

Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) on Friday warned that Iran was seeking to engage in nuclear talks with world powers to ease sanctions on Tehran.

"Iran only wants to open dialogue on its nuclear program because its economy is in a terrible state and [Tehran] wants to reduce economic pressures and ease sanctions," he said in a statement. "Iran's goal to obtain nuclear weapons - for military purposes - has not changed," Shalom said.

Shalom said that once Iran has an atomic bomb, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia would also want the bomb and the entire region would completely change.

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