Israel’s ambassador to the United States and United Nations, Gilad Erdan, said on Monday that the US and other world powers are increasingly considering a “plan B” to stop Iran’s nuclear program, should talks fail.
“The international community and Americans are starting to talk to us more about a plan B on Iran,” Erdan told Army Radio, without elaborating on what the alternative plan would entail. “In the past, the estimate was that there was an 80 percent chance it [Iran] would return to the [2015 nuclear] deal, today that has dropped to around 30%.”
“If Iran doesn’t return [to the deal], this changes the whole picture for the world,” he added.
Erdan’s comments came as Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke at the UN General Assembly. Bennett warned that Iran’s nuclear programme is at a crucial point that cannot be left alone any longer.
“Iran’s nuclear weapon program is at a critical point. All red lines have been crossed. Inspections, ignored. All wishful thinking, proven false,” he said.
“Iran is violating the IAEAs safeguard agreements, and it’s getting away with it. They harass inspectors and sabotage their investigations, and they’re getting away with it. They enrich uranium to the level of 60 percent, which is one step short of weapons-grade material, and they’re getting away with it,” he continued.
“Evidence which clearly proves Iran’s intentions for nuclear weapons in secret sites in Turquzabad, Teheran and Marivan is ignored,” he claimed.
Israel’s leader warned that the world needs to stop talking and take action or Israel will be forced to act alone.
“Iran’s nuclear program has hit a watershed moment. And so has our tolerance. Words do not stop centrifuges from spinning,” he said, hinting Israel could act against Iran’s nuclear program.
“We will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon,” he vowed.
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