Israeli Official Downplays Iran Nuclear Deal With IAEA, Citing Past Violations

IDF intelligence official says external pressure has not brought about change in Iran's nuclear policies.

The announcement that International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) head Yukiya Amano had struck a deal with Iran Tuesday to inspect its nuclear facilities was received in Jerusalem with great suspicion.

According to a top Israeli official, the government is very skeptical that Iran would adhere to any deal.

"The Iranians are serial agreement violators," said the official. "We know from past experiences how all these agreements between the IAEA and Iran end. Iran continued to establish uranium enrichment facilities in Natanz under the nose of the international community. The IAEA's last report refers to the military intentions of Iran's nuclear program. North Korea has also reached agreements with the IAEA in the past, and this ended in two nuclear attempts."

The official added that it is necessary to distinguish between the talks held by Amano in Tehran and the ones set to open on Wednesday in Baghdad between Iran and the P5+1 countries (United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany). "Amano's talks in Tehran dealt mostly with the issue of inspection over nuclear facilities," said the official. "This is not enough. The Iranian plan continues and needs to be stopped, which means an end to uranium enrichment."

During a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday, Research Division at Military Intelligence Brig. Gen. Itai Baron stated that "Iran is asking to enter into extended talks with the international communitybut the Iranians are continuing with their nuclear program in order to obtain enriched material through operating a site near Qom, as well as continuous activities in Busheir."

Baron added that the "sanctions and the internal situation in Iran are very bothersome to the regime and pushing it toward talks. The Iranian public, as opposed to the uprising of 2009, does not believe in its power to change the political reality through protests. The pressure put on Iran from the outside has not brought about a change in its nuclear policies." 

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Yukiya Amano Iran - AP - May 22, 2012