Netanyahu warns future of world at stake over Iran’s nuclear programme
In a bold challenge to Washington and the West, he said it was getting “late, very late” to stop Iran and that “the future of the world” was at stake.
The Israeli prime minister told the United Nations General Assembly that Iran would become a nuclear power unless it was stopped in its tracks by next summer at the latest.
Sharply raising the pressure on President Barack Obama, Mr Netanyahu clarified for the first time where he expected the US to set Iran a “red line” that would trigger an American military response, though he did not explicitly call for that action.
He used a crude diagram to show the progress Iran had made towards a bomb, drawing a red line in marker pen at the point where he said Iran must be stopped.
It was a move that was instantly mocked by online commentators, but could prove an effective aide memoire on the issue for the public.
“Red lines don’t lead to war, red lines prevent war,” he said. “Nothing could imperil the world more than a nuclear-armed Iran.”
Mr Netanyahu said Iran had completed the first stage of uranium enrichment.
“Iran is 70 per cent of the way there and … well into the second stage. By next summer, at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage,” he said.
“From there it is only a few more weeks before they have enriched enough for a bomb.”
Mr Netanyahu has repeatedly argued that time is running out to stop the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power and the threat of force must be seriously considered.
“I believe that faced with a clear red line, Iran will back down – and it will give more time for sanctions and diplomacy,” he said.
“The only way you can credibly prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon is to prevent them from enriching enough uranium,” he added.
Israeli leaders have issued a series of warnings in recent weeks suggesting that if Iran’s uranium enrichment programme continues, it may soon stage a unilateral military strike, flouting even American wishes.
And here is how Reuters and AP pictured him:
nice crayon drawing ben..we laugh but its very effective..props always are..and look how the US media picture him..setting him up as the fall guy when the attack happens?