Israel wary of Iranian nuclear deal with Turkey

By Jessica Elgot, May 18, 2010
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Netanyahu will discuss the nuclear deal which Iran has formed with Turkey and Brazil

Netanyahu will discuss the nuclear deal which Iran has formed with Turkey and Brazil

An Israeli government official has called Iran’s new nuclear deal with Turkey and Brazil a “trick”, as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met cabinet members to discuss their concerns.

An agreement was signed yesterday in Tehran that Iran would ship enriched uranium to Turkey.

The enriched uranium would be exchanged for nuclear rods – which can be used in scientific research but cannot be processed to make weapons. However, Iran has said it will still continue to enrich its own uranium.

Israel has not issued a formal response to the deal, which has been criticised by the UK and the US, but a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office said: “The ministers received a short update on the Iran-Turkey deal, which all agreed seems to be an Iranian trick.”

The seven members of Mr Netanyahu’s inner cabinet have apparently been warned not to discuss the deal until an official statement is given.

While most Western countries have been suspicious of the deal, China has welcomed the agreement between the three countries, and has opposed sanctions against Iran.

Israeli representatives are expected to raise the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat at the proximity talks with US special envoy George Mitchell later this week.

    Last updated: 12:31pm, May 18 2010