(JNS.org) Newly inaugurated
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at a press conference on Tuesday that
Iran is “serious” about
negotiations on its nuclear program as long as the other party in talks “abandons
the language of pressure and threats.”
The Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor of the Iran nuclear program. Credit: Nanking2012 via Wikimedia Commons.
But at a Jerusalem
meeting with 36 U.S. legislators, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded
that the “only thing” that can stop the Iran nuclear program is increased
“Iran’s president said that pressure won’t work,” Netanyahu said. “Not
true! The only thing that has worked in the last two decades is pressure. And
the only thing that will work now is increased pressure. I have said that
before and I’ll say it again, because that’s important to understand. You
relent on the pressure, they will go all the way. You should sustain the
Iran has “taken many actions that have compounded suspicions
that it has not stopped its uranium laser enrichment activities,” despite
claiming in 2003 that it had abandoned this process, according to a recently
released Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) report.
Additionally, the Wall Street Journal reported ran has
made significant progress on the construction of a heavy water nuclear reactor
that was started in 2004 in Arak in northwestern Iran. The reactor under
construction is capable of producing uranium fuel. The “spent fuel” resulting
from the process of a nuclear reaction contains small amounts of plutonium,
which can be used for a nuclear bomb.