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Netanyahu says North Korea nuclear bomb test proves sanctions not enough to stop Iran

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel (photo credit: Dave Bender, Jewish Agency for Israel/Times of Israel)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel (photo credit: Dave Bender, Jewish Agency for Israel/Times of Israel)

>> Full text of Netanyahu speech to the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors

“The nuclear test carried out by North Korea last week proves that economic sanctions alone cannot stop a rogue regime from acquiring nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, warning that leaders should apply the lessons of Pyongang to Tehran,” reports the Times of Israel. “Netanyahu told the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem that sanctions would only work on Iran’s nuclear program if they were coupled with a robust military threat, repeating a popular refrain and perhaps offering a preview of what he will tell US President Barack Obama during a visit next month.”

“Only sanctions combined with a robust, credible military threat might stop Iran,” Netanyahu said, according to the Times, warning that “an Iranian nuclear weapon would transform the Middle East into a tinderbox, changing the world as we know it.”

“We need to seek a realistic peace process with the Palestinians, one which guarantees peace and security,” Netanyahu also said. “I don’t want to waste another four years negotiating about the negotiations. I place no preconditions for negotiations. I wish this were true for the Palestinians. The visit of President Obama is an opportunity to reset this.”

“The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency comprises organizations from around the world,” notes the Times. “It meets three times a year to hold strategic discussions about issues affecting the Jewish world and Israeli society and to formulate Jewish Agency policy.”

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