Netanyahu and Italy's Monti
Photo: Avi Ohayon, GPO
Photo: AFP
Bushehr reactor
Photo: AFP

PM: Iran using talks to 'stall and deceive'

Prime minister says Iran must halt uranium enrichment, dismantle facility in Qom. Spokesman for EU's Ashton says six world powers have agreed to launch talks with Iran in Istanbul on Saturday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that Iran is using negotiations with the West to "stall and deceive."


After meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, Netanyahu said: "Our policy on Iran has not changed. We have seen that Iran is using the talks to stall and deceive. We will follow the talks. The demands of Iran must be clear: to take away the enriched material, halt the enrichment and dismantle the facility in Qom."


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World powers will hold the next round of nuclear negotiations with Iran on April 14 in Istanbul, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Sunday.


הכור בבושהר. "האיראנים יהיו אחראים לכל הפעילות בכור" (צילום: AFP)

Bushehr nuclear facility (Photo: AFP)


Ashton represents six world powers - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - in dealings with Iran.


"We have agreed to launch talks in Istanbul on April 14," the spokesman said. "We hope that this first round will produce a conducive environment for concrete progress. We are of course aiming at a sustained process," he said.


אחמדינג'אד נואם היום ב"יום הגרעין הלאומי" באיראן (צילום: EPA)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Photo: EPA) 


Meanwhile, it was reported that the Bushehr nuclear power plant will temporarily be placed under Iranian management.


Bushehr manager Mahmoud Jafari told reporters on Sunday that the shift in management will be done according to the original contract with the power plant’s contactor in October or November, Fars News Agency reported.


“After the temporary transfer (of operations to Iran), Iranian technicians will be responsible for all the operations (of the plant). Presently, all the activities are carried out jointly by Iranian and Russian experts,” he added.


The official went on to say that the power plant would achieve 100 percent of its nominal capacity in the near future, adding, “We predict that the 100-percent stage will be reached in early summer and this stage requires many tests to check the equipment included in the (power) circuit.”


Jafari said Iranian technicians have already assumed control of certain parts of the power plant which indicates their readiness to commission the nuclear power plant.




פרסום ראשון: 04.08.12, 21:05
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