Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday Iran had crossed all “red lines” in curbing its nuclear weapons program, but Israel “will not allow” Tehran to acquire the bomb, the news agency reported. AFP.
In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, Bennett claimed in recent years the Islamic republic had achieved a “major leap forward” in its nuclear production capacity and in its ability to enrich weapons-grade uranium.
“Iran’s nuclear weapons program is at a tipping point, all red lines have been crossed,” said Bennett, who has been in office since June.
“There are those in the world who seem to view Iran’s nuclear weapons efforts as an unavoidable reality, it is bound to happen, or are simply tired of hearing about it,” the 49-year-old prime minister told the United Nations.
“Israel does not have that privilege. We cannot tire of it. We will not tire of it. Israel will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.”
Iran via its ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi immediately responded on Twitter by saying Bennett’s speech was “laden with lies.”
“The regime is not in a position to discuss our peaceful program when they have hundreds of nuclear warheads,” he said.
Iran, which says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, last Friday said it expected talks to resume soon to revive a landmark 2015 agreement that limited its program in exchange for sanctions relief.
The agreement began to crumble in 2018 when the United States withdrew and reimposed sanctions. Iran has finally stepped up its nuclear activities again. (my/jm)