On the eve of another round of talks between the world powers and Iran Friday in Kazakhstan, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu came out Wednesday against continuing to negotiate with Tehran as it moves forward with its nuclear development.
Before meeting visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, Netanyahu said Iran must not be allowed to develop a model whereby it negotiates while in parallel it develops and threatens to use nuclear arms.
"There are many important issues in the Middle East," he said, "such as trying to reach peace with the Palestinians and other regional issues, but they are all overshadowed it Iran believes it has the right to develop nuclear weapons, and continues to do so. Our main objective is to prevent that."
Eide said that Norway is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and is concerned about Iran's lack of cooperation. "We are allowed to visit sites that are not important, but not those that we are interested in visiting," he said.