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Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, uses a diagram of a bomb to describe Iran's nuclear program while delivering his address to the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting September 27, 2012 at the United Nations in New York. AFP photo

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, uses a diagram of a bomb to describe Iran's nuclear program while delivering his address to the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting September 27, 2012 at the United Nations in New York. AFP photo

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Iran was now closer to crossing the "red line" after which it would be able to build a nuclear weapon but had not yet reached that stage.

"The Iranians are closer to the red line," his office quoted him as telling visiting American Jewish leaders. "They haven't crossed it yet but they are shortening the time needed to cross it."

"This must be stopped," he said. "We need to apply stronger pressure and harsher sanctions."

In a September address to the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu called for a "clear red line" to stop Iran getting a nuclear bomb.

He used a red marker pen to draw a line through a cartoon diagram of a bomb to illustrate what the international community's limit for Iran's uranium enrichment program should be.

He said Iran had 70 percent of the necessary uranium for a bomb and warned that at the current pace of enrichment, the Islamic republic could have nearly all the material needed to create a first bomb by summer.

The Iranian government says it is enriching uranium to 20 percent purity -- a short technical step from the 90 percent needed for a nuclear bomb -- for a medical research reactor. The West believes the effort hides a military goal.

Much of the international community fears Iran's nuclear programme includes efforts to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran has repeatedly denied.

Israel believes Iran must be prevented from reaching military nuclear capabilities at any cost and refuses to rule out military intervention to that end.

February/11/2013

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Ken Alden

2/12/2013 1:03:57 PM

Nathenyahu sold the World and the USA a bill of goods in Iraf, when Istrael persuade the US Pres, G.W. Bush to invade Iraq by tellin everybody of Iraq's non-existent Nuclear capabilities. Extensive search found Nothing but the turmoil is still going onin that country! Now it's Iran's turn to be ravaged by war and invasion, to Glory and Glothing by Nathanyahu!

Ottoman Reactionary

2/12/2013 9:27:47 AM

We are affraid of Nuclear Israel. That tiny theocratic state is danger to middle east.

OZman Cometh

2/12/2013 8:25:31 AM

I am no fan of Iranian gov't, but if not TR then Iran will do. Only perhaps then will the U.S. stop meddling and pay for oil like everyone else. Oh a side benefit would be that Bibi will have to pull his head in and rue the day the roadrunner got away :) biddiya biddiya that's all folks.

ilker avni

2/12/2013 6:37:36 AM

@tich Bimd Sunnies have no fear from Iranian nuclear weapons,they fear Israel ,who is led by warmongers hell bent on destroying the world by wageing wars on defenceless muslims,everyone has a right to defence except those who Israel regard as terroists, that seems to be everybody that is a muslim.Nuclear Israel is the biggest danger to the ME.

Ummah Muslim

2/12/2013 3:34:57 AM

That's not true. We muslims want Iran to build nuclear weapons. Turkey etc also needs to build his own nuclear weapons. Turkey has like 60 nukes from USA but it needs to be able to build its own nukes. When Israel dare to use his nuclear weapons then Iran can strike back.

Sev Cihan

2/12/2013 1:56:09 AM

is this their evidence? a cartoon like bomb drawn on a paper? come on guys dont let you trick by something like that...

Lior Uziel

2/12/2013 12:25:50 AM

Rich Bind:Actually it is very convenient for them to let Israel do their job. But this only leads to Israel's further isolation and taking the position as if trying to harm Iran. It is time that Israel leadership try a different method, even though it is Israel that Iran openly declares that will be eliminated and puts that as a target, other countries are more afraid (or should be more afraid) of a nuclear Iran. Iran aspirations are far larger than Israel's 8 million and 0.1% area in the ME...

Can Lamberoglu

2/12/2013 12:02:04 AM

In my world, children are let to build their own lives when they are in their early twenties. Of course parents will help when necessary, but the kids are proud and ambitious to go it alone. Israel on the other hand is still living on "hand-me-downs", and threatening to call on their bully friends to protect them. As much as I despise the holocaust; it has been a long time ago, and does not represent current threats to the jews. So let's stop once and forever to bring it up.

rich bind

2/11/2013 11:12:58 PM

It would be nice if readers of this article concentrate on the next to last paragraph, MOST of the international community fears a Iran's nuclear program includes efforts to develop nuclear weapons.? That includes, not only the West but Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, etc. Israel might speak more openly about the threat, but all the Sunni countries fear a Nuclear Iran.
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