Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity and must be stopped” as Iran’s nuclear plans are being discussed by world officials.
Talks are currently ongoing in Lausanne, Switzerland, to try to persuade Iran to agree to a deal limiting much nuclear fuel it can hold in a framework agreement before tomorrow’s deadline.
P5+1 representatives – from five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany – are working towards keeping the country one year away from being able to enrich the required uranium to a high-enough level to create a bomb.
The hostile remarks from the recently re-elected Israeli Prime Minister also refer to fears of Houthi Shia rebels.
The militia group are currently staging a coup in Yemen and are believed to be backed by Iran. He believes they are posing a threat to Israel – which is not party to the nuclear discussions.
He told his cabinet in Jerusalem: “This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that. The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity, and must be stopped.”
Netanyahu, who has previously threatened to attack Iran if he is unhappy with the impending deal, also accused the Islamic Republic of trying “to conquer the Middle East.”
Israel is currently the only place in the region reported to have a nuclear arsenal – of around 200 weapons. Iran has yet to be found possessing any.
His claims that Iran is harbouring plans to unleash nuclear chaos on the world were contradicted by his own secret service Mossad, who leaked a document stating that Iran was using uranium to generate electricity.
Evidence passed by Mossad to a South African agency, before being published by Al Jazeera and Guardian, states Iran is “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons” and “doesn’t appear to be ready to enrich [uranium] to higher levels.”
A nuclear bomb requires uranium enrichment to 90%. The Mossad report states that Iran had 100 kilograms of uranium enriched to a level of 20%.
The Tehran Research Reactor was given to Iran by the US in 1967 with weapon-grade uranium fuel, however the fuel supply was stopped after the 1979 revolution.
Iran denies it is building a nuclear weapon and hopes that a deal – to be agreed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif – will help lift international economic sanctions.
“It has to be a deal which puts the bomb beyond Iran’s reach. There can’t be any compromise about that,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.
“If we’re going to get this done here ... Iran has got to take a deep breath and take some tough decisions.”
Mr Zarif accused Netanyahu earlier this month of trying to distract from Israel’s long-standing conflict with Palestine by trying to undermine the efforts of Iran.
This was ahead of Netanyahu going behind Barack Obama’s back to make a Congress speech on Iran after relations with the US president plunged to an all-time low.
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