Monday, July 15, 2013

‘More vulnerable’ Israel may act before US on Iran - Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reiterated that Iran is moving “closer and closer” to building a nuclear weapon and warned that his county may take action against the Islamic Republic before the US acts.
Netanyahu told CBS News that Iran is edging up to the red line. They haven't crossed it yet…” but “they have to be told in no uncertain terms that that will not be allowed to happen."
Netanyahu stressed that Israel was not willing to wait as long as the US to take action against Iran’s nuclear program.
"Our clocks are ticking at a different pace. We're closer than the United States. We're more vulnerable. And therefore, we'll have to address this question of how to stop Iran, perhaps before the United States does,"Netanyahu said.
He explained that Tehran was building centrifuges at an accelerated pace, and that they may be nuclear-ready within a few weeks.
Netanyahu’s fear is that Iran’s policies would not change under new leadership of the moderate cleric and former nuclear negotiator Nassan Rowhani, who is to be sworn in as president on August 3.
"He's criticizing his predecessor [President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] for being a wolf in wolf's clothing. His strategy is to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. Smile and build a bomb, he said, urging the US to warn Rowhani that it will not allow any further nuclear activity to go on unpunished.................