Barak: No threat to Dimona reactor

Defense minister sees no change in US nuclear policy.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 11, 2010 11:56
Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

ehud barak 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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There is no reason to fear any change in US policy regarding the Dimona nuclear reactor, Defense Minister Ehud Barak reiterated Tuesday, echoing comments made the previous day on the issue.

When asked in an Army Radio interview if it was possible that Washington would agree to an inspection of the reactor by International Atomic Energy Agency observers, Barak said that during his recent visit to Washington, he held long talks with US President Barack Obama and leading military and intelligence officials, and that he received favorable responses on the subject.

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"There is no threat to our position" he said. "Israel has deep understandings with the US... the main focus of all disarmament talks is Iran and North Korea, in particular Iran; there is no threat to the traditional understandings between Israel and the US."

Barak stated that there was no cause for any change in Israel's usual stance of ambiguity regarding nuclear weapons.

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