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Netanyahu: No nuclear weapons for Iran

Nov. 21, 2013 at 7:16 AM   |   Comments

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MOSCOW, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Iran must not be allowed nuclear weapons, Israel's prime minister said Thursday in meeting members of the Jewish community in Moscow.

Iran's true intentions were revealed in a speech by Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday when he referred to Israel as a "rabid dog," Israel Radio said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told listeners. Such an Iran must not be allowed nuclear weapons, Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu arrived in Moscow Wednesday and met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for nearly two hours. The two revealed significant divisions on Iran in post-meeting statements, The Jerusalem Post said.

Putin expressed hope the resumption of talks between Iran and the P5-plus-1 countries -- France, Britain, China, Russia, the United States and Germany -- in Geneva would succeed, saying he hopes "in the near future a deal will be announced [that is] acceptable to all sides," the Post reported.

The international community needs "to stand firmly by positions articulated in U.N. Security Council decisions; that is, Iran must stop all uranium enrichment, transfer out its stockpiles of enriched uranium, dismantle centrifuges and stop building the [heavy water reactor] at Arak," Netanyahu said.

In Tehran, Khamenei insisted Iran's nuclear rights must be recognized. Iranian negotiators in Geneva should not retreat "one iota" from Iran's rights, he said. Khamenei said there are red lines and restrictions the negotiators must take into account, the Tasnim News Agency reported.

He lashed out at Israel, which he said falsely accused Iran of posing a threat, saying such statements are the "word of enemies." Khamenei described Israel as the "rabid dog of the region, namely the Zionist regime," the Tasnim said.

Khamenei chided France for supporting Israel's position, saying, "Now French politicians not only bow before America but also in front of the ominous and unclean Zionist regime and belittle themselves, and are a disgrace for the French nation," Press TV quoted him saying.

Throughout his speech, supporters shouted "down to Israel, down to America."

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