Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Waving Drone Debris, Netanyahu Threatens to Attack Iran

Waving Drone Debris, Netanyahu Threatens to Attack Iran

Zarif said some at the conference "resort to cartoons to justify strategic blunders or maybe avoid domestic crisis".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that his country would not hesitate to launch an attack on Iran and not just stop with its offensive against Tehran's allies.

"The nuclear agreement with Iran has brought the countdown, has begun the countdown to an Iranian nuclear arsenal in little more than a decade".

Iranian workers stand in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, about 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran, Iran, October 26, 2010. "Rather than choosing a path that might have prevented war. those well-intentioned leaders made a wider war inevitable and far more costly".

Netanyahu produced what he alleged to be a piece of the Iranian drone shot down in Israel airspace last week in an episode that sparked global concern as the prospect of war breaking out between Israel and Iranian forces in Syria and its proxy, Hezbollah, in Lebanon, ballooned.

Netanyahu declared that Israel would take action against Iran if it crossed Israel's "red lines".

In his speech he mentioned that Iran is attacking on both Saudi and Israel while undermining Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, including African countries. "You should. It's yours", Netanyahu said.

Led move to put Pakistan on FATF's terror-financing watchlist reprived
But, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said early on Wednesday that the USA has failed in its bid against Pakistan. Two other Pakistani officials confirmed that Pakistan had received a reprieve of three months.

'There has been one positive outcome to Iran's growing aggression in our region. Israel president Benjamin Netanyahu compared Iran to another Nazi Germany which "masters faith" as oppose to spreading "master race" by Germans in the past. He said Iran doesn't "want to be the hegemon in the region" and, in a warning directed at the USA, threatened that his country will "respond seriously" if global powers scrap the nuclear deal with Iran. Mr. Zarif, do you recognise this?

The politicians discussed such major regional security issues as the Syrian settlement, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the situation in the Persian Gulf.

"We propose creating a strong region rather than a strongman in the region". And you've got to notice the difference.

"We have been on the right side of history - fighting Saddam [Hussein], fighting the Taliban, fighting Daesh, fighting al-Nusra", he said, referring to Islamic State using the Arabic acronym, Daesh.

"We believe that a large percentage of the Iranian economy is controlled by the Revolutionary Guards", McMaster said.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says it is "absolutely critical" to make sure that world powers' nuclear agreement with Iran survives.

"I can assure that if Iran's interests are not secured, Iran will respond, will respond seriously. It's not a better place".

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