Mofaz speaks at Knesset 370.
(photo credit: Knesset Spokesman)
The international community must work towards stopping Iran's nuclear
program completely, and anyone who believes Iran is pursuing a peaceful
nuclear program is "deluding himself," opposition leader Shaul Mofaz
told the visiting Italian prime minister on Monday.
He made the comments days before nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers were set to commence.
goal standing ahead of the international powers, and especially the
United States, is stopping Iran's nuclear program," Mofaz told Italian
Prime Minister Mario Monti in Jerusalem. "Any other option is not enough
to ensure world peace and regional stability."
Mofaz's remarks came after a New York Times
report said the US could accept an Iranian civilian nuclear program
if Tehran agrees to close its underground Fordow nuclear facility, and
transfer out of the country uranium that has been enriched to 20
percent. US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton
have both mentioned the US could live with a nuclear Iran, as long as
its intentions are not aimed at developing a nuclear bomb.
who replaced Tzipi Livni as Kadima head and opposition leader at the
end of last month - rejected Iran's insistence that its nuclear
development is for peaceful purposes only, saying anyone who still
believes this claim is "deluding himself."
"The only way to
monitor the Iranian nuclear program is to bring it to an end. This is
the Obama administration's task and its test," he told Monti.
The opposition leader took a more hardline approach to Iran's nuclear program than the prime minister and defense minister, who both made their own
list of demands in the run-up to the international talks, set to take resume in Istanbul on Saturday after previous talks collapsed more than year ago.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with his Italian counterpart in Jerusalem on Sunday, where he told him that Israel wanted Iran to clear out all enriched uranium, stop enriching uranium, and close Fordow, a nuclear facility built deep inside a mountain near the holy city of Qom.