TEL AVIV, Israel – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Tuesday that Iran's nuclear program is dangerous and called for international action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
In his first comment about Iran since last week's release of a U.S. intelligence report that said Iran has abandoned its attempts to build a nuclear weapon, Olmert said "Iran was and remains dangerous, and we must continue international pressure with full force to dissuade Iran from nuclear tendencies."
He said Iran has no need for electricity produced by nuclear energy, "doesn't have the infrastructure to create energy for civilian purposes, does not need to act with frenzied haste to create enriched uranium unless it wants to develop nuclear weapons."
Olmert praised U.S. President George W. Bush for declaring that the new intelligence report does not detract from the danger Iran poses, noting that the report itself gave estimates of when Iran could acquire a nuclear weapon.
Addressing a security conference, Olmert said, "Iran continues its activities to attain two vital components to create nuclear weapons the development of a sophisticated electrical system and ballistic missiles, while at the same time producing enriched uranium."