Iran rejects proposal for freezing nuclear program.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday rejected a Western proposal for Tehran to “freeze” its nuclear work in return for no new sanctions and ruled out any talks with major powers on the issue.
The comments by the conservative president, who is seeking re-election in a June 12 presidential vote, are likely to further disappoint the United States administration of President Barack Obama, which is seeking to engage Iran diplomatically.
“The nuclear issue is a finished issue for us,” he told a news conference. “We will not allow anyone to negotiate with us outside the agency’s regulations and issues,” he said on Monday, referring to the UN International Atomic Energy Agency. “From now on we will continue our path in the framework of the agency.”Read more: HAARETZ
Netanyahu is preparing his people for war with Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the lifting of the Iranian nuclear threat his life’s mission. Before coming to power, he had mentioned that such an operation might cost thousands of lives, but the price was justified in view of the threat’s severity. His comments yesterday at the meeting of Likud’s Knesset faction put to rest Ariel Sharon’s doctrine that Iran is not just Israel’s problem but the entire world’s problem, and Israel must not be at the forefront of the struggle. Israel is now at the forefront.
The leaders of Iran and Israel escalated the verbal confrontation yesterday. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said discussions on the nuclear issue are over, which means Iran does not intend to give up enriching uranium. Netanyahu said that if Israel does not lead the defense against the Iranian threat and bring in the United States and other countries, no one else will. Read more: HAARETZ
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