Vilnai on Iran deal: We must remain 'suspicious'

By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
May 22, 2012 15:49
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Several Israeli officials reacted to Yukiya Amano's, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), comments of an impending deal with Iran over its nuclear program with apprehension and suspicion.

"Iran has proven over the years its lack of credibility, its dishonesty - telling the truth is not its strong side - and, therefore, we have to be suspicious of them all the time, and examine the agreement that is being formulated," Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said on Israel Radio.

His comments were echoed by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, who said: "At this point, in light of past experience, we are suspicious."

Asked whether military action against Iran, long hinted by Israel, was still a possibility with apparent progress being made on the diplomatic track, Vilnai said: "One shouldn't get confused for even a moment - everything is on the table."

Amos Gilad, a senior Israeli defense official, predicted that Iran would take a conciliatory tack at the Baghdad talks, while not abandoning its goal of becoming a nuclear power.

"They will be willing to show what appears to be flexibility as long as it doesn't affect their strategic direction, meaning that they will be able to develop nuclear weapons if that decision is made," Gilad told Army Radio.

"Today they have enough uranium, raw material, for the bomb, they have the missiles that can carry them and they have the knowledge to assemble a warhead on a missile," he said. "They have not yet decided to do this because they are worried about the response."

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