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December 24, 2012 10:06 am
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Netanyahu Sets Iranian Nuclear Threat as Top Priority if Re-elected

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Screen shot of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu giving interview to Channel 2. Photo: Channel 2

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday affirmed that the Iranian nuclear threat would be the top issue on his government’s agenda if he wins re-election, saying there is “not a day on which I do not speak to foreign leaders about Iran.”

The latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report revealed that Iran is set to step up uranium enrichment significantly at its heavily fortified underground nuclear site at Fordo. November’s report said the Fordo site was nearly complete, possessing the full capacity of 2,784 centrifuges, an increase of 644 since the previous IAEA report in August.

“Preventing Iran becoming a nuclear [threat] is, I would say, the central aim in my next term if I earn the confidence of voters,” Netanyahu said in an interview aired Saturday by the Israeli Channel 2 television station.

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In September, Netanyahu outlined Iran’s nuclear timetable to the international community by providing a diagram of a bomb at the United Nations General Assembly. On the diagram, he drew a red line across where he thinks Iran’s nuclear program would be beyond the point of no return—sometime in the spring or summer of 2013.

The Israeli elections are set for Jan. 22.

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