Netanyahu warns of Iran's nuclear race

July 14, 2013 at 9:22 AM

JERUSALEM, July 14 (UPI) -- Iran is expanding its uranium enrichment capabilities and developing a plutonium reactor, moving toward a nuclear bomb, Israel's prime minister said Sunday.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Binyamin Netanyahu called for increased sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

"We believe that now, more than ever, it is important to stiffen the economic sanctions and present Iran with a credible military option. We are determined to stand firm by our demands [on Iran], which must become the demands of the international community," Netanyahu told ministers, The Jerusalem Post said.

The prime minister noted that not only is Iran expanding its uranium enrichment capabilities but is also developing a plutonium reactor enabling it to advance on two tracks toward creating material for nuclear weapons. He also noted Iran is expanding its ballistic missile capabilities, the paper said.

After the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Netanyahu warned the world against "buying" Rouhani's moderate rhetoric. Netanyahu called on the world to continue applying pressure on Iran, the paper noted.

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