Israeli leader: Iran focus of North America talks



JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says Iran’s nuclear program will take center stage in his upcoming talks with U.S. and Canadian leaders.

Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa on Friday and with President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday.

Speaking to the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday, Netanyahu said a recent U.N. nuclear agency report buttressed Israel’s warnings that Iran aims to produce arms, not energy as it claims.

The agency said Iran has rapidly ramped up production of higher-grade enriched uranium over the last few months, a development that could have military dimensions.

Netanyahu said the report provided “another piece of incontrovertible evidence” that Iran is advancing rapidly with its nuclear program.