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Israel's Netanyahu says Iran closer to nuclear 'red line'

Published on Feb 12, 2013 6:45 AM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Iran was now closer to crossing the "red line" after which it would be able to build a nuclear weapon but had not yet reached that stage.

"The Iranians are closer to the red line," his office quoted him as telling visiting American Jewish leaders. "They haven't crossed it yet but they are shortening the time needed to cross it."

"This must be stopped," he said. "We need to apply stronger pressure and harsher sanctions."

In a September address to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Netanyahu called for a "clear red line" to stop Iran getting a nuclear bomb.

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