JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says Iran is edging closer to nuclear-weapons capability but has not yet reached the "red line" he laid out in a speech to the United Nations last fall.
Benjamin Netanyahu told his Likud Party on Monday that Iran is "systematically" getting closer to developing a weapon. He says Israel cannot let Iran cross this point.
Israel says a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a threat to the existence of the Jewish state, citing Iran's repeated calls for the destruction of Israel. Netanyahu has repeatedly hinted that Israel would be prepared to attack Iran unilaterally if international pressure fails to curb the Iranian nuclear program.
In his U.N. speech last September, Netanyahu said the international community has until the summer of 2013 to stop Iran from getting a bomb.