Netanyahu: Obama Must Keep Military Pressure on Iran

Sunday, 11 Jul 2010 11:59 AM

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he believes President Barack Obama must keep up the threat of military action against Iran’s nuclear program.

"There's only been one time that Iran stopped the program and that was when it feared U.S. military action," Netanyahu told "Fox News Sunday," adding that Iran's nuclear program was advancing by the hour.

"The president's position that all options are on the table might have the only real effect on Iran -- if they think it's true," Netanyahu said.

The prime minister said he did not think that an Iranian nuclear program could be contained, but said "people fall into that misperception." He added that Iran or "other radicals like the Taliban" couldn't be relied upon as negotiating partners.

When asked whether Israel might initiate military action, Netanyahu stressed that all options are on the table, according to The Hill.

"The Jewish state was set up to defend Jewish lives and we always reserve the right to defend ourselves," he said.

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