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Netanyahu: 'Statements' Not Enough to Stop Iran

12:44 PM, Aug 1, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters today that "statements" are not enough to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

"[It's] true that neither sanctions nor diplomacy have yet had any impact on Iran’s nuclear weapons program. America and Israel have also made clear that all options are on the table. You yourself said a few months ago that when all else fails, America will act. But these declarations have also not yet convinced the Iranians to stop their program," said Netanyahu.

"Right now the Iranian regime believes that the international community does not have the will to stop its nuclear program. This must change and it must change quickly, because time to resolve this issue peacefully is running out."

As Reuters reports, Netanyahu made the statement "standing next to [U.S. Defense Secretary Leon] Panetta at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem."

Panetta, for his part, insisted Iran would not acquire nukes. 

"And I want to reassert again the position of the United States that with regards to Iran, we will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, period. We will not allow them to develop a nuclear weapon, and we will exert all options in the effort to ensure that that does not happen. I want you and the people of Israel to know a few things that have not and will not change. The United States stands firmly with Israel, and we have a rock solid commitment to the security of Israel and to the security of its citizens. And make no mistake, we will remain determined to prevent Iran from ever acquiring a nuclear weapon," said Panetta, standing next to Netanyahu.

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