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Benjamin Netanyahu Photo: Avi Ohayon, GPO
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Netanyahu: Iran closer to bomb than assumed

Prime minister tells government Israel has more information beyond IAEA report

Itamar Eichner
Published: 11.14.11, 12:43 / Israel News

Iran is closer to acquiring nuclear weapons than what is commonly believed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told government ministers Sunday.


Referring to the latest International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s nuclear program, the PM said: “The IAEA’s report only detailed information that can be proven; facts that can be presented in court.”


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“In practice there are many other things we see, and hence the leading states in the world must decide what to do in order to stop Iran,” he said. “The efforts thus far did not prevent Iran from progressing towards a bomb, and it is closer to acquiring it, sooner than what people think.”


Following Netanyahu’s remarks, the ministers were briefed by several top officials, including Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The briefings indicates, among other things, that the IAEA report included detailed information that has never been published before regarding Iran’s preoccupation with nuclear arms.


Further addressing the IAEA report, PM Netanyahu said that it confirmed the charges made by several states, which accused Iran of methodically developing nuclear weapons.


“Every responsible government in the world must draw the required conclusions,” the prime minister said. “The international community must stop Iran’s race to nuclear arms on time; this race threatens peace worldwide.”




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