Israeli leader urges stop to Iran uranium enrichment in UN speech
New York, NY, United States (4E) – Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday urging countries to stop Iran’s uranium enrichment program before next summer or else the Jewish state will be forced to attack the Islamic republic.
Netanyahu showed a board with a ticking time bomb image and drew a red line below the fuse during his speech to stress his point that Iran must be prevented from reaching the final stage of building a nuclear weapon he believes would be used against Israel. He said the red line prevents war and this will force Iran to back down.
The prime minister claimed that Iran is already close to the stage of being able to enrich uranium to the 90 percent level, the amount required for a nuclear bomb, as international sanctions for the past seven years failed to stop its nuclear program.
He warned that world peace is at stake if Iran acquires the nuclear bomb-making capability and time is running out as it can now enrich uranium to the 70 percent level.
Netanyahu recalled the world’s failure to prevent the rise of Nazi Germany on time that led to World War II and the Holocaust.
Israel had warned that it will launch airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities while Iran had warned of a preemptive strike against such move.
Iran continues to deny it is building a nuclear weapon insisting that its uranium enrichment program is for peaceful use.