Israeli Prime Minister vows "not to allow Iran to get nuclear weapons"

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Benjamini Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamini Netanyahu on Tuesday vowed that if forced to do so, Israel would stand alone to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Speaking at the conclusion of this year's General Debate in the General Assembly, Mr. Netanyahu said the new Iranian president cannot be trusted when he says his country is not developing nuclear weapons.

The Israeli leader called on the international community to keep the sanctions against Iran until it has dismantled what he said is the country's nuclear weapons programme.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said his country's hope for the future is challenged by a nuclear armed Iran.

"Israel will never acquiesce to nuclear arms in the hands of a rogue regime that repeatedly promises to wipe us off the map. Against such a threat, Israel will have no choice but to defend itself. I want there to be no confusion on this point. Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet, in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others."

Prime Minister Netanyahu said the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran and the emergence of other threats in the Middle East have led many of the country's Arab neighbours to recognize that Israel is not their enemy.

He said this provides the opportunity to overcome the historic animosities and build new relationships, new friendships and new hopes.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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