Benjamin Netanyahu warns future of world at stake over Iran’s nuclear programme
Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Thursday that Iran will have enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb by next summer and urged the world the draw a clear “red line” to stop it in its tracks.
In a bold challenge to Washington and the West, he said it was getting “late, very late” to stop Iran and that “the future of the world” was at stake.
The Israeli prime minister told the United Nations General Assembly that Iran would become a nuclear power unless it was stopped in its tracks by next summer at the latest.
Sharply raising the pressure on President Barack Obama, Mr Netanyahu clarified for the first time where he expected the US to set Iran a “red line” that would trigger an American military response, though he did not explicitly call for that action.
He used a crude diagram to show the progress Iran had made towards a bomb, drawing a red line in marker pen at the point where he said Iran must be stopped.
It was a move that was instantly mocked by online commentators, but could prove an effective aide memoire on the issue for the public.