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Iran moving nuclear centre to hoodwink world: opposition
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Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2013


Israel PM: 'Bad deal worse than no deal' with Iran: report
Berlin (AFP) Oct 10, 2013 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday "a bad deal is worse than no deal" with Iran over its disputed nuclear programme, ahead of crunch talks between Tehran and world powers.

In excerpts of an interview with the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published in advance, he called for sanctions on the Tehran regime to be stepped up rather than eased.

"A bad deal is worse than no deal," the prime minister was quoted as saying.

Iran "will ask for a partial lifting of sanctions for cosmetic concessions that would leave them with the ability to have a nuclear weapons capability," Netanyahu was quoted as saying.

He cautioned that Iran was far more dangerous than nuclear-armed North Korea and bent on spreading terror in the world.

"You demand enrichment if you want to build nuclear weapons," he stressed.

Global powers accuse Iran of seeking to obtain a nuclear bomb under the guise of what Tehran insists is its civilian atomic energy programme.

But recent US-Iranian talks have raised hopes of progress in Geneva on October 15-16 when Iran meets the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

In a separate interview with rolling news channel France24, Netanyahu urged France to be tough on Iran "with or without Rouhani's smiles."

"If they really wanted to dismantle their nuclear weapons programme, they'd come out with it," he charged.

Rouhani has come out strongly in favour of a quick deal after negotiations over the nuclear programme practically stalled for eight years.

An exiled opposition group claimed Thursday that Iran has transferred a research centre leading its alleged attempt to develop nuclear weapons to a new location in order to hoodwink the world.

"In order to hide its nuclear activities, the Iranian regime is currently in the process of a vast operation moving the centre responsible for research and planning of the military nuclear project," Mehdi Abrishamachi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran told a press conference in Paris.

According to the opposition group, which has made significant revelations about Iran's nuclear programme in the past, the bulk of the centre's activities have been moved from a defence ministry property in the east of Tehran to a new site around three kilometres (two miles) away.

Those activities left at the first site could all be regarded as of dual-use -- related to either civil or military uses of nuclear technology -- enabling the regime to disguise their military nature in the event of inspection, according to the NCRI.

"The transfer started at the beginning of September and is not finished but the essential has been done," Abrishamachi said.

The NCRI said it had submitted its information, including a list of 100 alleged employees of the centre, to the International Atomic Energy Agency on Wednesday.

Iran denies seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capacity and has said it wants to sign a nuclear proliferation accord with the West. Negotiations on the subject between Tehran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, are due to resume next week in Geneva.

The talks will be the first since the election in June of new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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