Israel not opposed to Iranian civilian nuclear program, Netanyahu tells Italian PM

Israel is not opposed to an Iranian nuclear program that is civilian in nature, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Italian counterpart, Matteo Renzi, during a visit to Florence on Saturday.

The remark could be interpreted as a rebuttal to US President Barack Obama’s contention on Friday that opponents of the Iran nuclear deal were opposed to the Islamic Republic’s retaining of any nuclear capability – even for peaceful purposes.

"Allow me to make clear that Israel is not opposed to a civilian nuclear program in Iran," Netanyahu said. "We are opposed to a militarized nuclear program in Iran."


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