The red line for Iran has been drawn!
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood at the podium of the United Nations today and drew a red line at the point of a picture of a bomb which indicates Iran completing the second stage of uranium enrichment, a stage which he said Iran will reach by the Spring of 2013. Once that line is crossed, the rest of the process to a nuclear bomb would take just weeks to a few months, and can be done in places which cannot be bombed. The facilities which are enriching the uranium, the prime minister explained, are above ground and in the open.
Netanyahu emphasized that his goal is not war, but peace. He pointed out that if the nations of the world unite behind this red line, the Iranians will not continue towards the nuclear weapon.
A few key quotes from Netanyahu’s address:
“At this late hour, there is 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. Red lines don’t lead to war; red lines prevent war.”
“Iran uses diplomatic negotiations to buy time to advance its program. The international community has tried sanctions, has passed some of strongest sanctions. Oil exports have been curbed, and the Iranian economy has been hit hard. But we must face the truth that sanctions have not stopped Iran’s nuclear drive.””
“Israel is in discussions with the United States over this issue and I am confident that we can chart a path forward together.”