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Israel Calls Iran Nuclear Deal A 'Trick'

Tuesday, 18 May 2010 08:55 AM

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Tuesday with senior cabinet members over Iran's nuclear deal with Turkey and Brazil, a move officials in the Jewish state called a "trick."

Israel, which considers Iran's nuclear drive a major threat to its security, has not formally responded to the accord signed in Tehran on Monday to ship Iranian low enriched uranium to Turkey.

"The forum of seven (ministers) met this morning at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem," a senior official said.

"The ministers received a short update on the Iran-Turkey deal, which all agreed seems to be an Iranian trick," the official said without elaborating.

The meeting ended without an expected announcement.

Late on Monday, Netanyahu ordered his ministers not to discuss the deal until Israel issues a formal response, his office said.

Earlier, a senior Israeli official accused Iran of having "manipulated" Turkey and Brazil, which brokered the deal.

"The Iranians have already pulled off such a trick in the past -- by pretending to accept such a procedure to lower tensions and reduce the risk of harsher international sanctions, then refusing to follow through," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Iran signed the accord with non-permanent UN Security Council members Turkey and Brazil to ship 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds) of its low enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for higher grade fuel for a research reactor.

The deal was also expected to further complicate Israel's once-strong ties with regional ally Turkey, which have seriously deteriorated since Israel's December 2008-January 2009 assault on Gaza to end militant rocket attacks.

Other nations which have been pressing for sanctions against the Iranian nuclear programme reacted to the deal with scepticism, but China said it supported the agreement.

"We hope this will help promote the peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiations." foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said.

The issue could be raised in talks which US mediator George Mitchell is to hold with Israeli and Palestinian leaders later this week, a US embassy spokesman in Tel Aviv said.

"Netanyahu's advisers are also expected to discuss the matter with the Americans over the next several days in order to examine how it could influence the region and the strategy for dealing with the Iranian nuclear programme," the daily Maariv said.

Israel, the region's sole if undeclared nuclear-armed state, has long viewed Iran as its greatest strategic threat because of Tehran's nuclear programme and its leaders' repeated predictions of the demise of the Jewish state.

Like the United States, Israel has refused to rule out military action to halt Iran's nuclear drive despite Tehran's insistance that its programme is purely for civilian purposes.

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