Israel says Iran’s activation of nuke plant, an international failureFebruary 26th, 2009 - 3:48 pm ICT by ANI
Jerusalem, Feb.26 (ANI): Iran’s decision to activate the Bushehr nuclear reactor highlights the international community’s failure to stop that country from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the Jerusalem Post quoted senior Israeli defense officials, as saying on Wednesday.
“If they were not stopped until now, it is very possible that Iran will succeed in becoming a nuclear country,” one senior defense official told The Jerusalem Post.
“Israel, though, is not the only country that needs to be concerned. Iran is also a threat to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other countries in the Gulf,” the official added.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that the test run at Bushehr and Iran’s claims that it had increased the number of centrifuges enriching uranium to 6,000 constituted an existential threat to Israel.
“Israel’s policy is clear: We are not ruling out any option regarding the Iranian nuclear [program] and we recommend that others don’t rule out any option either,” Barak said in an address at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, in a hint to US President Barack Obama’s administration.
“A dialogue with Iran should be defined and limited in time.”
“Time is running out. Clear and decisive sanctions against the Iranian regime, alongside readiness to consider necessary actions in case the sanctions don’t work, are necessary,” Barak said.
He added that Russia has had a crucial role in pressuring Iran, and that sanctions without Russia’s participation would be meaningless.
The power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr, built with Russian help, is meant to be the first in a number of reactors for an energy program.
It’s unclear when the reactor could be switched on.
It was not known how long after the tests the reactor could start up.
The plant, which will run on enriched uranium imported from Russia, has worried the West because the spent fuel could be turned into plutonium, a potential material for nuclear warheads.
US concerns over the reactor softened after Iran agreed to return spent fuel to Russia to ensure Teheran does not reprocess it into plutonium.
Iran says it intends to use the enriched uranium fuel in its first domestically-built nuclear power plant in Darkhovin, which it wants to start operating in 2016. (ANI)
- Tests conducted on Iran's n-plant turbines - Aug 24, 2011
- Israel says Iran's nuclear programme 'totally unacceptable' - Aug 22, 2010
- Iran starts enriching uranium to 20 percent - Jan 10, 2012
- Iran to speed up uranium enrichment - Jun 13, 2011
- Iran to install fuel rods in n-reactor Wednesday - Feb 15, 2012
- Iran to remove fuel from its first nuclear power plant - Feb 27, 2011
- US condemns Iran's decision to start uranium enrichment - Jan 11, 2012
- Iran enriches 100 kg of Uranium to 20 percent (Lead) - Feb 20, 2012
- Iran can produce n-fuel for vessels, submarines: Official - Jul 23, 2012
- Iran-Russia nuclear plant to be inaugurated in September: Official - Aug 09, 2010
- Iran informs IAEA inspectors of Bushehr nuke plant setback - Feb 26, 2011
- Iran willing to talk about nuclear programme: EU - Oct 30, 2010
- Ahmadinejad urges Russia to rethink support for UN sanctions - May 26, 2010
- Iran n-plant supplies 940 MW electricity - Apr 30, 2012
- Major setback for Iran's first N-plant: Report - Feb 26, 2011
Tags: barack obama, defense minister, defense officials, ehud barak, energy program, enriching uranium, herzliya, interdisciplinary center, iranian regime, israel israel, israeli defense, jerusalem post, necessary actions, nuclear program, nuclear reactor, nuclear war, nuclear weapon, plutonium, saudi arabia, time time