Netanyahu: Nuclear Iran Threatens Global Security

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says recent IAEA report underscores that Iran's nuclear program threatens the world.

Gabe Kahn.,

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Israel news photo: Eli Mandelbaum

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday issued a call for the international community to ensure that Iran does not obtain an atomic bomb.

"The IAEA report corroborates the position of the international community, and of Israel, that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

"The significance of the report is that the international community must bring about the cessation of Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons which endanger the peace of the world and of the Middle East."

Netanyahu's remarks were penned the day after the International Atomic Energy Agency published a report that indicated Iran had sought - and may still be seeking - nuclear technology with strictly military applications.

Iran immediately dismissed the report as "laptop lies," while President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad said Iran wouldn't back down "one iota" from its nuclear ambitions on Wednesday.

Prior to the report's release, Iran openly threatened Israel, Europe, and the United States with a 'street war' should its nuclear facilities be attacked.

The threats came after an intense storm of unsubstantiated media speculation that Israel and the UK were both considering separate strikes on Iran's nuclear program.

Iranian officials have, for years, referred to Israel as a "one bomb state" while vocally advocating its destruction.

MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) on Tuesday telegraphed Netanyahu's position, saying Iran's nuclear program was "not just a Jewish problem."