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Iran Vows to Retaliate Against Any Attack

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012.
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Iran has vowed to retaliate against any attack, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the world to draw a "clear red line" on Tehran's nuclear program.

Iran's deputy U.N. ambassador, Eshagh al-Habib, accused Netanyahu of making "baseless allegations" against Tehran, which insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.  World powers say Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly Friday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called on Iran to "stop playing for time."  He warned the "stability of the entire region is at stake" due to the unresolved dispute over Iran's nuclear program.

On Thursday, Netanyahu told delegates at the U.N. General Assembly that time was running out for the world to stop Iran.  He used a drawing of a bomb to explain that a "red line" must be drawn before Iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb. 

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Israel Calls for 'Red Line' on Iran Nukesi
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Margaret Besheer
September 28, 2012
Israel's Prime Minister urged the international community to place what he called a "clear red line" on Iran's controversial nuclear program as he addressed the U.N. General Assembly Thursday. Separately, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas blasted Israel for its illegal settlement activity and said his government would seek upgraded U.N. status within the year. VOA United Nations correspondent Margaret Besheer has more.

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Netanyahu on Friday. The president reaffirmed the United States' "unshakeable commitment to Israel's security," and both leaders agreed on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also spoke Friday with the Israeli prime minister. He told reporters after the call that he does not believe military action will be necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but said he cannot completely take the military option off the table.

Earlier this week, President Obama said the U.S. will do what is necessary to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon but he did not give Iran any ultimatums.  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Netanyahu late Thursday. Officials did not provide any details of the talks.

Also Thursday, representatives of the P5+1 group of nations - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly to discuss efforts to resume nuclear talks with Iran.  A State Department official said the group "remains completely unified in wanting to get the Iranians to consider and to address the concerns of the international community, and that the P5+1 is completely united in ensuring that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon."

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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by: Ken Dobson from: UK
September 28, 2012 9:09 AM
guys... you are wrong to assume that we in the UK do not see the peril Israel is facing... we do... and we stand in complete solidarity with the nation of Israel - a nation of incredible fortitude - i see where you might think that we have gone soft in the knees... believe me that its not the people of the UK that have gone soft... its the BBC - please do not confuse the people of the UK with the BBC... it would be like confusing CNN with the great and formidable nations of the US and Canada.

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by: S.H.Huang from: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
September 30, 2012 10:41 AM
US and UK have been strong allies of Israel and all freedom-loving nations. They have sent troops to defend democracy. They have spent trillions of dollars in foreign lands, fighting for democracy.They have lost thousands of lives.The epitaphs should be testimony of the sacrfices their men and women have made over the ages. Yet, are the nations for which they had fought been grateful? Gratitude is what should be bestowed on US and UK. But, no! Instead they throw rocks and bombs in response! Shouldn't US and UK cut and run, and let those nations fight their own battles? Why should US and UK spill blood on froreign soil, citizens may as well ask. Indeed, they should!Is it altruism that makes US and Uk fight for you? Rightly, their citizens should ask this question.If ever US and UK want to send troops to fight a war in aforeign lqaqnd, let it be short, sharp and decisive! Never drag it!


by: Don from: USA
September 28, 2012 8:35 AM
Lady Sophia, the craven European cowardice in the face of Islamic advance is a renowned and ignominious posture... the fact that we lack moral leadership is incontestable. The PM of Israel is an outstanding world leader with an unmistakeable clear message. Today i can say with shame that i supported "two state solution" until i was made to realize the aspect of rape and depredation inherent in the Arabs design...


by: sahani from: us
September 28, 2012 8:33 AM
When tolerant start tolerating Non tolerant . Tolerant one day will not exist.
Its time IRan should be punished .

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by: FARAMARZ HOZOURI from: USA
September 28, 2012 8:54 AM
Punished for what?


by: Sophia McLollum from: Independant Scotland
September 28, 2012 7:58 AM
some say the cartoon was a trivialization of a deadly Iranian nuclear threat to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries... some say it was a stroke of genius to convey a simple idea to a particularly dim witted UN assembly... I see something different... I see a "gulf" opening up between the US/Canada and their European allies (particularly Britain) on a subject of fundamental simplicity... there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Egyptians, Saudis, they are all the same Arab Nation who wish Israel's destruction - be it by means of a "Two State Solution" or gradual metastatic incursion. We are in desperate need of a firmer European stand with the US/Canada/Israel

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by: FARAMARZ HOZOURI from: USA
September 28, 2012 9:00 AM
Please read history ab out the creation of those mentioned Arab nations, and in particular, their leaders respectively. You will notice that are bounded in their own inner circles.

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