Netanyahu, known for his oratorical skills and perfect English (he lived as a youth in the Philadelphia suburbs), gave a dramatic speech at the UN to press the case for setting a ‘red line’ to constrain Iran’s nuclear program, which he claimed is more than 70 percent of the way to producing nuclear weapons fuel. The Israeli leader’s message, however, was a retreat from his prior demands that the world stop the Iranian nuclear program by this fall and his hints that Israel would launch air strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities if this did not happen. Netanyahu illustrated his case with a cartoon drawing of a bomb with a lit fuse showing different stages of Iran’s nuclear program. He used a red marker to draw a red line on the drawing to show the stage when he said Iran would be “a few months away or a few weeks away from amassing enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon.” Netanyahu said the world must draw a red line to stop Iran from reaching this level which he said Iran could achieve by next spring or summer.
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