Israel’s Netanyahu Says Will Not Allow Iran to Obtain Nuclear Weapons

U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu give a statement after their meeting in Jerusalem on April 12, 2021. Menahem Kahana/Pool via REUTERS

JERUSALEM, April 12 (Reuters) -Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Iran has never given up efforts to obtain nuclear weapons and that Israel will not allow Tehran to build them.

The Israeli leader, addressing reporters with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at his side, made no comment about Iran‘s accusation that Israel had sabotaged its key Natanz nuclear site.

Iran has never given up its quest for nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them,” Netanyahu said. “I will never allow Iran to obtain the nuclear capability to carry out its genocidal goal of eliminating Israel.”



Iraqi Shiite Muslim men from Shi'ite Badr organisation hold a portrait of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as they walk along a street painted in the colours of the Israeli flag during a parade marking the annual al-Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Baghdad. REUTERS./



FILE PHOTO: Iranian Officers of Revolutionary Guard, with Israel flag drawn on their boots, are seen seen during a graduation ceremony for student officers and guard trainees in Tehran, Iran September 13, 2019. REUTERS./

Iran says its nuclear programme is purely for peaceful purposes.

(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch Editing by Jeffrey Heller)

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