September 26, 2012
(Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew his “red line” for Iran’s nuclear program on Thursday – the point at which Iran has amassed nearly enough highly enriched uranium for a single atomic bomb – and voiced confidence that the United States shares his view.
Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu appeared to pull back from any threat of an imminent Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, saying the Islamic Republic would be on the brink of producing an atomic weapon only next summer.
He added that he was confident the United States and Israel, which have disagreed about the urgency of military action, could devise a common strategy to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Holding up a cartoon-like drawing of a bomb with a fuse, Netanyahu literally drew a red line just below a label reading “final stage” to a bomb, in which it was 90 percent along the path of having sufficient weapons-grade material.
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