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Israel demands that Iran commit to stopping all enrichment (Second Coming Watch Update #98)

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Israel demands that Iran commit to stopping all enrichment. According to the Associated Press, Israel on Wednesday accused Iran of stalling in negotiations over its nuclear program with the international community, and said an upcoming round of talks can succeed only if the Iranians agree to halt all uranium enrichment. Israel is staking out a hardline stance ahead of the May 23 talks in Baghdad, where six world powers will sit down with Iranian officials in hopes of resolving the standoff. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who considers a nuclear-armed Tehran to be a mortal threat, has hinted he would order an attack on Iran if he concludes that international diplomacy and sanctions have failed.

Nuclear experts say Japan's Fukushima is a dangerous time bomb. According to Alternet, nuclear waste experts say the Japanese are literally playing with fire in the way nuclear spent fuel continues to be stored onsite, especially in reactor 4, which contains the most irradiated fuel -- 10 times the deadly fuel released during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. These experts also charge that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is letting this threat fester because acknowledging it would call into question safety at dozens of identically designed nuclear power plants around the U.S.

Muslim lawyer threatens a 'bloodbath' if Islamic law is not allowed in Russian courts. According to ASSIST News Service, a Muslim lawyer has called for the introduction of sharia courts in Russia, threatening a "bloodbath" if the demand is opposed. Che-chen Khas-a-vov, the founder of an organization that defends the rights of Muslims, said in an interview broadcast by the independent channel Ren-TV: "Muslims do not want to get involved in the multi-layered court system, it is alien to them. You think that we come here to Russia like to some alien place. 

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