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Netanyahu Calls for 'Clear Red Line' on Iran


"It will not stop moving forward with its nuclear program."

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept 2, 2012. Netanyahu is urging the international community to get tougher against Iran, saying that without a "clear red line" Tehran will not halt its nuclear program. (AP)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Sunday for the international community to set a "clear red line" for Iran, saying Tehran will not halt its nuclear program without one.

"I believe the truth must be stated: The international community is not placing a clear red line for Iran and Iran does not see international resolve to stop its nuclear program," Netanyahu told his cabinet in broadcast remarks, according to Reuters.

"Unless Iran sees this clear red line and this clear resolve it will not stop moving forward with its nuclear program, and Iran must not have nuclear weapons," he continued.

Pointing to the International Atomic Energy Agency's report last week that Iran has expanded its nuclear activity in a heavily fortified underground bunker, Netanyahu said time is running out to stop the country.

"The report confirms what I have been saying for a long time - the international sanctions are burdening Iran's economy, but they are not delaying the development of the Iranian nuclear program," Netanyahu said.

The U.S. has said it will not permit Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, but Israel has been hinting at striking Iran sooner rather than later, causing a reported strain between the two allies: Last week, U.S. military chief Gen. Martin Dempsey said he would "not want to be complicit" in such a strike.

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