October 2, 2013
Iran is building missiles that could reach New York in three to four
years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN on Tuesday,
comparing a nuclear Iran to “50 North Koreas.” It comes after Hassan
Rouhani launched his “charm offensive.”
“Iran is now building ICBMs that the US says could reach this city in three or four years,” Netanyahu said, speaking to the UN General Assembly in New York. He used this argument to bring the “truth” about Iran into a practical dimension.
Netanyahu accused Iran’s nuclear program of not being peaceful. “Why
would a country with a peaceful nuclear program develop
intercontinental ballistic missiles, whose sole purpose is to deliver
nuclear warheads,” he said.
Netanyahu said he wished he could believe new Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani – who has sought to make progress in nuclear talks since
taking office at the beginning of August – but said he simply couldn’t
“When it comes to Iran’s nuclear weapons program…Rouhani is a wolf
in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the
eyes of the international community,” Netanyahu declared, demanding
that harsh sanctions be imposed on the country. He predicted that such
sanctions would be effective if accompanied by “a credible military
He added that “if Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone” in the matter of defending itself.
“The only diplomatic solution that would work,” claimed Netanyahu , “is one that fully dismantles Iran’s nuclear weapons program and prevents it from having one in the future.”