Netanyahu Says Sanctions Probably Won’t Stop Iran Nuclear Drive
Jeff Bliss – Bloomberg Business Week July 11, 2010
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran’s nuclear program probably can’t be stopped by new United Nations and U.S. economic sanctions imposed during the past month.
Netanyahu, speaking in an interview broadcast on “Fox News Sunday” today, said the threat of U.S. military action might curb a drive for a nuclear weapons capability and that a nuclear Iran couldn’t be contained.
“We’ve had effective nuclear peace for more than half a century because everybody understood the rules,” the Israeli leader said. “I don’t think you can rely on Iran.”
Iran says its nuclear development work is for peaceful civilian purposes.
In the interview, Netanyahu said he didn’t think negotiators could forge a deal that would lead to a Palestinian state by 2012.
“It’s going to take longer than that” to implement a negotiated peace, he said. The interview was conducted while Netanyahu visited the U.S. last week.
--Editors: Edward DeMarco, Mark Rohner
Also see: Sanctions alone won’t work on Iran
Last updated 13/07/2010