Published September 12, 2013
VIENNA – Israel says Iran continues to seek nuclear arms under its new and more moderate president, voicing a harder line than the United States toward Iran at a U.N. nuclear agency meeting.
Israeli delegate Ehud Azoulay said Thursday that the change in Iran's presidency does not mean a "change in their (nuclear) policy."
On Tuesday, U.S. diplomat Joseph Macmanus reached out to Iran, urging it to follow up on the moderate tone of President Hasan Rouhani with actions to prove it is not interested in nuclear arms. At the same time, he indicated that the West will push to refer Tehran to the U.N. Security Council by November unless it cooperates with U.N. experts trying to probe to see if Iran worked on such weapons.
Iran denies wanting nuclear arms.