Jerusalem, Sep. 3 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Iran is using talks with major powers as a ruse to gain time in its march towards obtaining nuclear weapons.
"Last week, the representatives of 120 (Non-Aligned Movement) countries gathered in Tehran. They heard contemptuous, anti-Semitic remarks by the ruler of Iran, and this was in continuation of his statements about the destruction of Israel,” Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting.
”Nobody stood up. Nobody left the hall. This is worse given the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) report that was published over the weekend. The report confirms what we have been saying for some time – while the international sanctions are indeed making things difficult for the Iranian economy, they are not delaying the progress of the Iranian nuclear project.”
Iranian leaders have increased their calls for Israel’s destruction while refusing to cooperate with United Nations demands that Iran cooperate with its watchdog nuclear agency and prove it is not developing nuclear weapons. The latest in nine years of IAEA reports on Iran said the Iranians appear to have cleaned up a nuclear production site where they refused to allow in inspectors to determine if weapons development was going on.
Netanyahu said the Iranians are stonewalling in talks with the leading U.N. nations so they could continue enriching uranium despite repeated U.N. Security Council resolutions demanding they stop. Those resolutions also imposed increasingly harsh trade sanctions on Iran in a bid to force it to comply with international demands.
“The Iranians are using the talks with the major powers to gain time in order to advance their nuclear project,” Netanyahu said. “I believe that the truth must be told – the international community is not setting Iran a clear red line and Iran does not see international determination to stop its nuclear project. Until Iran sees a clear red line and such determination, it will not stop the progress of its nuclear project – and Iran must not be allowed to have nuclear weapons.”