( While negotiations between Western
countries and Iran began Tuesday in Geneva, Israel sounded a skeptical note on
Iran’s characterization of its nuclear program as peaceful.

The Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor in Iran. Credit: Nanking2012/Wikimedia Commons.

“Israel does not oppose Iran having a peaceful nuclear energy program,” the
Diplomatic-Security Cabinet said in a statement. “But as has been demonstrated in many countries, from Canada to
Indonesia, peaceful programs do not require uranium enrichment or plutonium
production. Iran’s nuclear weapons program does.”

A country like Iran “that regularly deceives the international
community, that violates U.N. Security Council resolutions, that participates
in the slaughter of civilians in Syria and that promotes terror worldwide” has
no right to enrich uranium, Israel added.

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