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Netanyahu: Press Iran harder on nuclear program

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran must be prevented from having nuclear weapons as well as the capacity to make them.

Netanyahu told a pro-Israeli conference on Tuesday that if Iran's nuclear program is truly peaceful then Tehran should dismantle its heavy water reactor, which the Israeli leader says is not needed in a peaceful program. Netanyahu says Iran also must get rid of its centrifuges, stockpiles of enriched uranium and fully divulge the military aspects of its program.

He called for more, not less pressure on Tehran — an apparent reference to the recent easing of international sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy.

Israel fears the international community will concede too much to Iran to reach an end to the standoff.

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