UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Even if Israel has to stand alone, its prime minister says, it will keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons. That vow came today from Benjamin Netanyahu in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
Netanyahu said the effort by Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee), to present a more moderate face of the hard-line Iranian regime is nothing but a "charm offensive" aimed at getting rid of sanctions from the U.N., the United States and others. He's accusing Rouhani of masterminding Iran's strategy to advance its nuclear weapons program.
As Netanyahu sees it, Rouhani is a "wolf in sheep's clothing" who "thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community."
An Iranian diplomat, speaking later to the General Assembly, responded, "Unlike Israel, Iran would not and did not attack any country." And he warned Israel not to "even think about attacking Iran."
At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney said Israel's skepticism about Iran and its intentions is "entirely justifiable" -- because until recently, Iran's leadership was vowing to wipe out Israel. Carney says the U.S. shares Israel's goal of keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
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225-w-32-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)--Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United Nations that Iran is continuing its efforts to build nuclear weapons. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (1 Oct 2013)
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