Jerusalem: Israel's Defence Minister says Iran's latest claim of dramatic advancements in its nuclear program is exaggerated but that Tehran's nuclear pursuits remain a threat.
Defence Minister Ehud Barak told Israel Radio on Thursday that the Iranians are "presenting a situation as better than what it really is”.
Barak dismissed as a "show" the broadcast on Iranian state TV on Wednesday of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad overseeing what was described as the first Iranian-made fuel rod inserted into a research reactor in Tehran.
Barak also says he doubts Iran's claim that a "new generation" of Iranian centrifuges, used to enrich uranium toward nuclear fuel, had gone into operation.
Iran claims it isn't seeking an atomic weapon but that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
First Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 13:17