Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:11AM
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Enraged over Washington’s refusal of Israeli calls to set “red lines” for Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the United States has no “moral right” to stop Israel from launching a military strike against Iran. In a thinly-veiled reference to and verbal attack on the US, Netanyahu said on Tuesday, "Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel." The Israeli premier made the comments in a news conference with visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in al-Quds (Jerusalem). On September 2, Netanyahu called on the international community to set a "clear red line" for Iran over its nuclear energy program. The US snubbed the call. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that Washington is “not setting deadlines” for a diplomatic resolution of the Western dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program. In an interview with Bloomberg Radio, Clinton claimed the US administration still considers a diplomatic solution to be “by far the best approach,” but repeated the US rhetoric of pressure against the Islamic Republic. Soon afterwards, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the idea of setting either deadlines or red lines for Iran is “not useful.” The US, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran has vehemently refuted the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful objectives. The Israeli regime is the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, and has invariably refused to either allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or join the NPT. HN/PKH/HJL
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