|Kerry’s remarks on Iran’s nuclear capability not acceptable: Israeli official||
TEHRAN – Israel described as “unacceptable” on Monday remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from the capability to develop nuclear weapons, Reuters reported.
“In the past, and also recently, what we heard from the Americans, including publicly, and from the Europeans and even from the Russians, was that Iran must be distanced years - not months but years - from nuclear weaponry,” said Yuval Steinitz, the Israeli cabinet minister in charge of nuclear affairs.
Iran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, is in talks with the United States and five other world powers on a final solution to the dispute over its nuclear program.
Briefing U.S. senators last week, Kerry stopped short of saying negotiators would “settle for” a timeline of six to 12 months in which Iran could amass enough fissile material for a nuclear device but said it would be “significantly more” than the current two months it would take.
“The things that Kerry said ... are worrying. They are surprising. They are not acceptable,” Steinitz told Israel Radio.
“We will not be able to adopt and accept any agreement that keeps Iran within a range of months to a year from nuclear weaponry, because such an agreement would not hold water,” Steinitz said, reiterating Israel’s demand that Iran be stripped of nuclear capabilities.
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