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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu draws red line for Iran's nuclear program

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
September 28th, 2012
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Using a cartoon to illustrate his point, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly to draw "a clear red line" to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Armed with a drawing of a bomb, Netanyahu drew a red line below the fuse and said action must be taken "before Iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment to make a bomb," he said.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "It's not a question of whether Iran will get the bomb. The question is at what stage can we stop Iran from getting the bomb," Netanyahu said.

"I ask, given this record of Iranian aggression without nuclear weapons, just imagine Iranian aggression with nuclear weapons," the Israeli prime minister said. "Who among you would feel safe in the Middle East? Who would be safe in Europe? Who would be safe in America? Who would be safe anywhere?"

Calling Netanyahu's concerns "entirely baseless," Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, Eshagh al-Habib said.

"I do not dignify it with an answer other than categorically rejecting it, in particular regarding the nuclear program of my country which is exclusively peaceful and in full conformity with our international obligations and in exercising our inalienable right to use nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes," he said in a statement.

Al-Habib went on to say that Israel is a nation "based on terrorism."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told CNN that his country won't be influenced by a threat from Israel. "When we say we do not take it seriously, we mean that it impacts -- it does not impact our policies in the slightest," Ahmadinejad told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview.

The White House reiterated how President Obama sided with Israel in his speech before the General Assembly this week.

"As the prime minister said, the United States and Israel share the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Netanyahu for more than an hour this week. Clinton and Netanyahu talked at length about Iran and agreed to continue "close consultation and cooperation toward achieving" the goal of stopping Iran from getting atomic weapons, a White House official said.

Speeches by Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas drew the most attention at the United Nations on Thursday.

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