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Israel warns time short to stop Iranian nuclear plans

WASHINGTON – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said time is running out to put a stop to Iran’s nuclear programme, BBC informs. Speaking to a pro-Israel conference in the US, Mr Netanyahu said he could not allow his people to “live in the shadow of annihilation”.US President Barack Obama has said there is still time for diplomacy, but that all options remain open. Speaking to some 13,000 delegates at the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) on Monday night, Mr Netanyahu reiterated that Israel was “determined to prevent Iran having nuclear weapons”.“Unfortunately, Iran’s nuclear programme has continued to march forward,” he said.He stressed that all options were on the table, but that containment – leaving Iran to develop its programme under monitoring – was “not an option”.“The Jewish state will not allow those who seek our destruction the means to achieve that goal. A nuclear armed Iran must be stopped,” Mr Netanyahu told Aipac.In his meeting with Mr Netanyahu at the White House on Monday, Mr Obama said the bond between their countries was “unbreakable”. He said the US believed there was “still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution”, on Iran, but added that the US would consider “all options”.Iran says it will let nuclear inspectors in… two weeks after sending them home

Iran has announced that it will “once again” give the UN nuclear watchdog access to its Parchin military complex – just two weeks after refusing to allow inspectors in to the sites, The Telegraph reports.“The fact that Parchin is a military site and accessing it has a time consuming process, therefore the visit cannot be allowed frequently … Once again we will allow the IAEA to visit it one more time,” Iran’s representative office in Vienna said in a statement, according to state news agency ISNA on Tuesday.The announcement came the day after the IAEA reported “serious concerns” about Tehran’s atomic plans – in particular “activities” at Parchin – and two weeks after inspecters were sent home from a trip to Iran without being allowed access to any nuclear sites.An IAEA report last year said that Iran had built a large containment chamber at Parchin, southeast of Tehran, in which to conduct high-explosives tests that the IAEA says are “strong indicators” of possible weapons development.

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