Israeli official: Iran nuclear claim shows threat


Salon Staff
April 7, 2012 6:18PM (UTC)

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official says a prominent Iranian lawmaker's claim that Tehran has the knowledge and scientific capability to produce atomic weapons reinforces Israel's view that the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program has a military dimension.

The Israeli official on Saturday reiterated demands that Israel's prime minister issued last month: Iran must stop enriching uranium, remove all military-grade enriched material from the country, and dismantle its Fordo nuclear research site.

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He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Iranian lawmaker Gholamreza Mesbahi Moghadam's comment on the Iranian parliament's website late Friday was the first time a prominent Iranian politician has publicly stated that Tehran has the capability to build a nuclear bomb.


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