Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu warned the six world powers on Thursday to give up their present approach in negotiations with Tehran, which diplomats of both Iran and the six world powers say is likely to end in an agreement soon.
As western diplomats said they have offered Tehran an ease in sanctions in return for Tehran stopping any further advancement in its nuclear enrichment activities, the Israeli premier said Tel Aviv is against an agreement with Iran that stops short of getting it to halt its uranium enrichment.
“Israel understands that there are proposals on the table in Geneva today that would ease the pressure on Iran for concessions that are not concessions at all,” he said during a speech to the Jewish Agency.
While a nuclear military capability needs uranium enriched more than 90% and Iran has succeeded in enriching uranium to a maximum 20% to feed its nuclear reactor in Tehran, the Israeli prime minister said the 20-percent enrichment capability enables Iran to build an atomic bomb.
“This proposal will allow Iran to preserve its ability to build a nuclear weapon. Israel is completely opposed to these proposals. I believe that adopting them would be a mistake of historic proportions and they should be completely rejected,” he said.
Netanyahu renewed his military threats against Iran, warning that if the present negotiations in Geneva between Iran and the six world powers end in an agreement undesirable to Israel, Tel Aviv might wage an attack on Iran.
He said “anything less” than a complete halt of Iran’s nuclear activities would decrease the chances of reaching an agreement through peaceful means. “Israel always reserves the right to defend itself, by itself, against any threat,” he asserted.
Netanyahu’s comments came as Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members – the US, Russia, China, Britain and France – plus Germany) resumed negotiations in Geneva Thursday morning.
The powers hope to reach a “first step” deal to ease their alleged concern over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Iran, which says its nuclear program is “a peaceful energy project,” wants them to start lifting tightening sanctions on its economy.