World must stop Iran`s nuclear drive, Israel warns

Israel has long accused Iran of trying to develop atomic weapons under cover of a civilian nuclear programme.

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2011, 08:42 AM IST

Jerusalem: The world must act to prevent
Iran from getting nuclear weapons, Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday after the release of a key
report by the UN`s atomic watchdog.

"The significance of the report is that the
international community must bring about the cessation of
Iran`s pursuit of nuclear weapons which endangers the peace of
the world and of the Middle East," he said in a statement
issued by his office.

It was the first official Israeli response to
yesterday`s report by the International Atomic Energy Agency
which said it had "serious concerns regarding possible
military dimensions" of Iran`s nuclear programme.

"The IAEA report corroborates the position of the
international community, and of Israel that Iran is developing
nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said.

Israel, which has the Middle East`s sole if undeclared
nuclear arsenal, has long accused Iran of trying to develop
atomic weapons under cover of a civilian nuclear programme.

Tehran denies that charge and has accused Israel of
trying to sabotage its civilian nuclear programme and kill its
nuclear scientists.

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