Israel calls Iranian president's nuclear comments deceptive

JERUSALEM Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:45pm EDT

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday a U.S. television interview in which Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged that Tehran would never develop nuclear weapons was an Iranian attempt to deceive the world.

"One must not be fooled by the Iranian president's fraudulent words," said a statement issued by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office.

"The Iranians are spinning in the media so that the centrifuges can keep on spinning," it said, referring to Iranian uranium enrichment that Israel believes is aimed at developing nuclear weapons

Iran says its nuclear work is entirely peaceful and calls Israel's presumed nuclear arsenal the bigger danger to the region.

In an interview with NBC, Rouhani said Iran would never develop nuclear weapons and that he had "complete authority" to negotiate a nuclear deal with the United States and other Western powers.

The Israeli statement said Iran was out to achieve a deal in which it would agree to give up an "inconsequential" part of its nuclear program while moving ahead with other activities that would enable it to build a bomb quickly from the moment it decides to do so.

The statement repeated Israel's demands of Iran: a complete halt to uranium enrichment, removal of enriched uranium from the country, dismantlement of the underground enrichment facility at Qom and an end to any efforts to use plutonium to produce a nuclear bomb.

Rouhani's interview appeared to be the latest signal by the centrist cleric - that has included a recent letter exchange with U.S. President Barack Obama - aimed at improving relations between Iran and the West after years of hostility.

Both Israel and the United States have not ruled out military action to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran should sanctions and diplomacy fail to curb its atomic program.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Comments (5)
WhyMeLord wrote:
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black…………..
Israel has raised deceptive comments and practices to an art form.
Ever since Moses parted the Red Sea, they’ve been cooking the books.
It’s high time to give the Israel a lie detector test, but wait, pathological liars can pass a lie detector test with flying colors.
Maybe we can check to see if their noses grow, but who could tell.
Guess we’ll have to take them at their word, or face Kerry’s wrath.

Sep 19, 2013 4:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cyhi wrote:
the World calls Israeli president’s nuclear comments deceptive

Sep 20, 2013 10:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
thebeeza wrote:
This is ridiculous. Israel, which owns stockpiles of illegally attained WMD’s and has started several unprovoked wars in recent years, DEFINES deceptive. The notion that Iran wants to destroy Israel is a mythical notion created by Zionists in both Israel & the USA – so obviously they must keep the perception of Iran being an irrational threat alive so they will dismiss any kind of reaching out by Iran. This way the Zionists will continue to control the media and public perception into supporting a military strike on Iran. Its so obvious.

Sep 20, 2013 1:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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