Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted production of 20-percent enriched uranium by the Islamic Republic saying that enrichment to higher levels should be the “red line” for Tehran’s nuclear energy program. In a meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Sunday, Netanyahu said the international community must set enriching uranium above 20 percent as the “red line” for Iran's nuclear program. The Israeli premier stated that if Iran enriched uranium above 20 percent it would indicate that Tehran had decided to exceed the level of refinement suitable for civilian energy and build an atomic bomb.
According the Israeli daily Haaretz, Westerwelle said Germany is opposed to any possible unilateral Israeli attack against Iran's nuclear facilities.The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program. Tel Aviv has repeatedly threatened Tehran with a military strike to pressure it to halt its nuclear energy work. Iran refutes the allegations over its nuclear energy program and maintains that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Iranian officials have also promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country. MYA/SS/AZ