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Israel ready to 'stand alone' on Iran, Netanyahu says

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-01

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN on Tuesday that Israel was ready to "stand alone" if necessary to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and called Iran’s President Hassan Rohani “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that his country would not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons even if it must "stand alone", as a nuclear-armed Iran would continue to seek the destruction of Israel.

"Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said. "If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone."

"Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf's clothing, Rohani is a wolf in sheep's clothing"

He went on to warn that recent conciliatory remarks on the nuclear issue made by Iran’s new president, Hassan Rohani, were merely a ploy to get the international community to ease its tough sanctions regime while Tehran continues to develop a nuclear weapon.

“Rohani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” the Israeli premier told the delegates. “A wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community."

Iran an "unforgiving regime"

The Israeli leader said all Iranian presidents serve the same “unforgiving regime” – for which the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, dictates policy – and urged the international community not to back down.

“Don’t let up the pressure [on Iran],” Netanyahu told the General Assembly, adding that the only deal that could be made with Rohani was one that “fully dismantles Iran’s nuclear weapons programme”.

The only way to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons is to combine tough sanctions with a credible military threat, Netanyahu said.

He also accused Iran of supporting the Syrian regime, which he said massacres its own people and uses chemical weapons against them.

Following Netanyahu’s address Khodadad Seifi, a deputy ambassador at Iran's UN mission, told the General Assembly that the Israeli premier’s remarks had been "inflammatory".

(FRANCE 24 with wires)


Date created : 2013-10-01

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