Netanyahu: Iran Accelerating Weapons Program

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran is accelerating efforts to produce weapons-grade uranium for making nuclear bombs.

Speaking with a delegation of U.S. congressmen, led by Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., Netanyahu said Iran's "quest toward the achievement of atomic weapons not only continues, it continues unabated. It's actually accelerated."

"I know that some place their hopes on Iran's new president. He knows how to exploit this," Netanyahu said. "And yesterday he called for more talks."

"Of course he wants more talks. He wants to talk and talk and talk. And while everybody is busy talking to him, he'll be busy enriching uranium," he continued.

Netanyahu said in the two months since Rouhani was elected, Iran has installed 7,000 new centrifuges.

"The centrifuges will keep spinning. This isn't a secret," he explained. He added that Iran's new president boasts that is his strategy.

"He (Rouhani) says, 'I talk and I smile and I enrich uranium,'" he said. 

"Unhappily, the situation is not getting any better, it's actually getting worse," Netanyahu said. "Iran is determined to get the bomb and we must be even more determined to prevent them from getting it."

Meanwhile, a new report cited by Britain's Daily Telegraph Wednesday says satellite imagery of a new missile launch site in Iran may be meant to test ballistic missiles.

The images, published by HIS Jane's Military and Security Assessments, suggest the lack of storage for liquid rocket fuel means it's unlikely the site is meant for launching satellites, as Iran claims. Images also show a launch tower, launch pad, and exhaust deflector.

Matthew Clements, who edited the report, said "its location and orientation would be suitable for long-range missile tests," while the lack of liquid storage in the images suggest "it will be used for solid-fuel ballistic missiles."

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