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Israeli Leaders Consider Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Plant Imminent Opening

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni for what have been characterized as “security discussions,” and which are expected to focus on Iran and the prospect it will soon open its first nuclear plant.

The discussions come amid reports that Iran’s nuclear plant at Bushehr, built by Russia, will be ready by the end of the year. Iran agreed to return spent nuclear fuel from the plant to Russia to ensure it does not extract materials that could be used in producing nuclear arms, but there are doubts in Jerusalem about the effectiveness of this type of agreement.

Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office, however, said it would be a mistake to read too much drama into the meeting, since Wednesdays are generally dedicated to security discussions and the security cabinet.

Barak, in addition to meeting with Olmert – who lashed out at him at Sunday’s cabinet meeting as someone who has consistently undermined the coalition’s guidelines – is also scheduled to meet Wednesday with US General James Jones, who is continuing his efforts to produce a document that would spell out the security requirements the US believed would need to be put into place to ensure Israel’s security after the establishment of a Palestinian state.


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