Israel says Iran's nuclear programme 'totally unacceptable'

Last Updated: Sun, Aug 22, 2010 06:10 hrs

Israel has said that the fuelling of Iran's first nuclear reactor is "totally unacceptable" and urged greater world pressure to force Tehran to stop any further uranium enrichment.

Iranian engineers reportedly began loading fuel into the country's first nuclear power plant with the help of Russia on Saturday, marking a milestone in Tehran's development of what it insists is a peaceful nuclear energy program.

"It is totally unacceptable that a country that so blatantly violates international treaties should enjoy the fruits of using nuclear energy," Fox News quoted Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yossi Levy, as saying in a statement.

"The international community should increase pressure to force Iran to abide by international decisions and cease its enrichment activities and its construction of reactors," Levy added.

Iran has insisted that it would continue to enrich uranium despite a warning from the White House last week, which said that the Bushehr progress underscores that Iran does not need its own enrichment capability if its intentions, as it states, are for a peaceful nuclear program.arlier, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had said, "If the Iranians are sincere in a peaceful program, their needs can be met without undertaking its own enrichment program, which call into question its motives."

However, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has said that Iran needs the uranium to supply future power reactors.

"The country's large scale need to energy is obvious and that is the reason why we want to produce the required fuel ourselves," Mottaki added. (ANI)