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July 14, 2013 11:02 am

Netanyahu: Israel Insists That Iran Closes Illegal Nuclear Facility in Qom, Halts Enrichment

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Iranian military hardware.

At the start of his weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called attention yet again to the threat of a nuclear armed Iran, saying that a month after Iranian elections, Israel insists that Iran live up to its nuclear commitments.

“A month has passed since the Iranian elections and Iran is continuing to press quickly forward on developing a military nuclear ability. It is expanding and advancing its enrichment facilities and, at the same time, its developing its ballistic missiles capability. Again, these are threats not only against us but against the entire West and the East as well,” he said.

“We are determined to insist on our demands, which must be the demands of the international community. One, to stop all enrichment. Two, to remove all enriched material. Three, to close the illegal nuclear facility in Qom. We believe that now, more than ever, in light of Iran’s progress, it is important to intensify the economic sanctions and place a credible military option before Iran,” Netanyahu added.

On Friday, the Foreign Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat Assessment, prepared by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, said that Iran could develop and test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the United States by 2015.

The report said that since 2008, Iran has conducted multiple successful launches of the two-stage Safir space launch vehicle and has also revealed the larger two-stage Simorgh SLV, which could serve as a test bed for developing ICBM technologies. Since 2010, Iran has revealed the Qiam-1 SRBM, the fourth generation Fateh-110 SRBM, and claims to be mass-producing anti-ship ballistic missiles. Iran has modified its Shahab 3 medium-range ballistic missile to extend its range and effectiveness and also claims to have deployed the two-stage solid-propellant Sejjil MRBM.

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  • Joe

    And the world demands Israel stops killing innocent civilians and occupying their land. Can’t all have what we want now can we, 51st US State of Terror.

    • SK

      Hey Joe,

      Why don’t you open up your eyes and take a look and who is killing innocent civilians. Is it the Israeli’s firing rockets at Gaza???? (Duh)

      Oh, I forgot, Its always the Jews fault.

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    I don’t disagree Obama is too scared to move, but it is more likely because of the amount of oil he imports from Gulf States. He takes the Saudi Royal family seriously. Last week a report came through Saudi has missiles in range of Iran, 2,500 miles, and Israel. Israel has a real threat from 600 rockets on her doorstep in Gaza. I find it curious Saudi has missiles aimed at Iran? They are both Muslim although one Shiah the other Sunni? What is this really all about? Iraq has huge quantities of oil, as does Kuwait who already have started talks with Israel about protection. Iraq struck Kuwait before Israel,in the ’90’s, to an outsider it looked more like the attack on Israel was not the main game of the Iraq war – it was OIL. So who will strike first Iran or Saudi? Iran doesn’t have to start a war with Israel immediately, first she’ll want control of oil, how else can she fuel squadrons of aircraft, tanks on the ground, intercontinental missiles used for long range attacks. Her ultimate strategy is world domination, she will need fuel as well as intercontinental missiles to achieve world domination, after to start economic recovery earning Petro $. Obama courts both Saudi and Iran?

  • Efram Paul

    Don’t expect anything but condemnation from Obama. There is no way his priorities are going to be stopped, and one of them is to ensure that his Islamist buddies do just as they please. This is especially true since the heartbreaking (for him) defeat of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

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