Israel warns against concessions to Tehran

May 22nd, 2012 - 9:04 am ICT by IANS  

Tel Aviv, May 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Iran continues to pose a nuclear threat to Israel and world powers should not make any concessions to Tehran at the upcoming talks in Baghdad, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“Iran wants to destroy Israel and it is developing nuclear weapons to fulfil that goal,” Netanyahu said at a conference for civil servants Monday.

“Against this malicious intention, leading world powers need to display determination and not weakness,” he said. “They should not make any concessions to Iran.”

Netanyahu’s statement comes ahead of talks May 23 between Iran and a group of international mediators on Iranian nuclear programme - the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

Western nations suspect Iran of pursuing a secret nuclear weapons program but Tehran insists it needs nuclear power solely for civilian purposes.

The US senate unanimously approved Monday new economic sanctions on Tehran, targeting Iran’s oil and banking industries.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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