Israel accuses Iran of false diplomacy over nuclear facilities
Iran's Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akbar Salehi and Vice-President of Iran, delivers a speech during the 57th General Conference at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna. (AFP)
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Israel on Wednesday accused Iran of using ""deception and concealment" in order to buy time to expand its nuclear programme, voicing scepticism over the claims made by the Iranian government that it would curb its atomic activities.
The recent election of Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate, as the new Iranian president has sparked hope that a peaceful solution may be found with Tehran over its nuclear programme, Reuters reported.
Despite the tentative optimism in the international community over Iran's willingness to negotiate its atomic capabilities, the head of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission said Wednesday: "The picture that the Iranian representatives are portraying regarding openness and transparency of their nuclear programme ... stands in sharp contradiction with Iran's actual actions and the facts on the ground," Reuters reported.
According to Reuters, Shaul Chorev told the annual meeting of the UN nuclear agency that the key issue over Iran's new push for diplomacy was not whether it had "nominated new envoys, modified its diplomatic vocabulary ... but whether it is addressing seriously and in a timely manner outstanding issues that have remained unresolved for too long."
"So far the window of serious engagement offered by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and the international community has been grossly abused by Iran," he added.
Western powers, alongside Middle Eastern ally Israel, accuse Iran of seeking to develop the capability to make nuclear weapons, Reuters said.
Iran has disputed these claims and says its programme is peaceful, charging Israel, widely believed to be the only Middle Eastern country with nuclear arms, with threatening the peace and security of the region.
Chorev accused Iran of "deception and concealment, creating a false impression about the status of its engagement with the agency ... with a view to buy more time in Iran's daily inching forward in every aspect of its nuclear military programme", Reuters reported.
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