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February 9, 2023

Netanyahu urges U.S. to set ‘red line’ for Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that the United States must establish a clear “red line” that Iran cannot cross with its nuclear program if it wants to avoid war. “I think the issue is how to prevent Iran from completing its nuclear weapons program. They’re moving very rapidly to completing the enrichment of the uranium that they need to produce a nuclear bomb. In six months or so, they will be 90% of the way there,” Netanyahu said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think it’s important to place a red line before Iran, and I think that actually reduces the chance of a military conflict because, if they know there’s a point, a stage in the enrichment or other nuclear activities that they cannot cross because they’ll face consequences, I think they’ll actually not cross it,” Netanyahu told CNN’s Candy Crowley. Concerns in Washington that Israel could launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities prompted a wave of visits this summer to Israel by several top Obama administration officials. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, warned Sunday, “Our answer to the Zionist regime is quite clear. In the event of an attack on Iran by the Zionist regime there will be nothing left of Israel.”

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