In his address to the U.N. General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined the threat posed by Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. He said Iran will have enough enriched uranium to make a bomb by next summer, adding it’s getting “very late” to be able to stop the Iranians from obtaining a nuclear weapon. He called on the U.N. to draw a “clear red line” for Iran on enriching uranium.
“There’s only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs and that’s by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.”(applause)
“Now red lines could be drawn in different parts of Iran’s nuclear weapons program but to credible a red line must be drawn first and foremost in one vital part of their program: on Iran’s efforts to enrich uranium.”
“Iran’s completed the first stage – it took them many years but they completed it and they’re 70% of the way there. Now they’re well into the second stage and by next spring – at most by next summer – at current enrichment rates they will have finished the medium enrichment and moved onto the final stage. From there it’s only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, the relevant question is not when Iran will get the bomb. The relevant question is at what stage can we no longer stop Iran from getting the bomb? The red line must be drawn on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program because these enrichment facilities are the only nuclear installations that we can definitely see and credibly target.”
“Where should a red line be drawn? A red line should be drawn right here – before Iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment.”