Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told the United Nations on Thursday that he believes Iran’s ability to make an atomic weapon will be irreversible by next spring or summer — a far more specific time frame than he had asserted before — and he argued that a “clear red line” must be drawn to warn the Iranians they must halt their nuclear fuel enrichment before then.
Mr. Netanyahu also thanked President Obama for his speech at the United Nations two days earlier in which he warned that he would not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran. The Israeli leader’s speech emphasized Israel’s solidarity with the United States and appeared to be an attempt to smooth over differences over the urgency of what both view as the Iranian nuclear threat.
Mr. Netanyahu’s speech at the annual United Nations General Assembly was largely devoted to what he described as the existential threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran, which he equated to a nuclear-armed Al Qaeda.
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