Jewish Congress: Iran Has Capacities To Build Nuclear Weapons

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Ljubljana, 08 April (STA) – President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) Moshe Kantor told the press in Ljubljana on Tuesday that Iran already had capacities to build nuclear weapons. He called on the European countries to adjust their relations with Iran and suspend any economic cooperation with the country.

Kantor noted that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced today that Iran had started work to install 6,000 new centrifuges to enrich uranium at its main nuclear plant. This will triple the number of centrifuges, which is a major expansion of Iran’s nuclear capacities.

This means, according to Kantor, that the European countries should step up pressure on Iran, which would put pressure on Iranian authorities from within the country. Kantor also called on EU members to take a more united stance on Iran. Kantor began a two-day visit to Slovenia today, meeting with prime minister and current president of the European Council, Janez Jansa, Parliament Speaker France Cukjati and Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel.

Jansa labelled the meeting as constructive, saying that European history could not be imagined without the contribution of the Jews. At the same time, present-day Europe cannot be conceived without the tragic events that happened before and after World War II. Jansa also told Kantor that the government had declared 27 January Holocaust Remembrance Day in Slovenia, the Prime Minister’s office said in a press statement.

Kantor and Rupel meanwhile focused on the Middle East peace process, relations between the EU and Israel and Slovenian-Israeli relations in particular. Rupel expressed his concerns over the situation in Israel and outlined his talks with Israeli and Palestinian official during his March tour in the Middle East.

Rupel and Kantor also touched on the restitution of Jewish property in Slovenia. Rupel told Kantor that there was political will to solve this issue and reassured him that there was an ongoing dialogue with the Jewish community in Slovenia as well as with the World Jewish Restitution Organization, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.