Iran nuclear program will only be stopped by increased pressure, Netanyahu says

( Newly inaugurated Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at a press conference on Tuesday that Iran is “serious” about negotiations on its nuclear program as long as the other party in talks “abandons the language of pressure and threats.”

 The Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor of the Iran nuclear program. Credit: Nanking2012 via Wikimedia Commons.

But at a Jerusalem meeting with 36 U.S. legislators, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded that the “only thing” that can stop the Iran nuclear program is increased pressure.

“Iran’s president said that pressure won’t work," Netanyahu said. “Not true! The only thing that has worked in the last two decades is pressure. And the only thing that will work now is increased pressure. I have said that before and I’ll say it again, because that’s important to understand. You relent on the pressure, they will go all the way. You should sustain the pressure.”

Iran has “taken many actions that have compounded suspicions that it has not stopped its uranium laser enrichment activities,” despite claiming in 2003 that it had abandoned this process, according to a recently released Institute for Science and International Security report.

Additionally, the Wall Street Journal reported Iran has made significant progress on the construction of a heavy water nuclear reactor that was started in 2004 in Arak in northwestern Iran. The reactor under construction is capable of producing uranium fuel. The “spent fuel” resulting from the process of a nuclear reaction contains small amounts of plutonium, which can be used for a nuclear bomb.


Posted on August 7, 2013 .