Netanyahu told a meeting of Israeli ministers on Tuesday that halting Iran’s nuclear energy program tops his agenda during his upcoming visit to the US in late September.
Netanyahu is scheduled to hold a meeting with US President Barack Obama on September 30 and deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly.
The Israeli premier urged the international community to throw its weight behind three demands: preventing Iran from enriching uranium, removing Iran’s enriched uranium reserves, and closing the Fordow nuclear facility in central Iran.
“Until … these measures are achieved, the pressure on Iran must be increased and not relaxed, and certainly not eased,” Netanyahu said.
The Israeli prime minister argued that all diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving Tehran’s nuclear issue must be accompanied by a “credible military threat.”
The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with the Israeli regime repeatedly threatening to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities based on the unsubstantiated allegation.
Iran argues that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has every right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, promising a crushing response to any act of aggression against it.
Unlike Iran, Israel, which is widely believed to possess between 200 to 400 nuclear warheads, is a non-signatory to the NPT and continues to defy international calls to join the treaty.
During his speech to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2012, Netanyahu made baseless allegations against Iran and drew red lines for Iran’s nuclear energy program, claiming that Tehran would acquire military nuclear capability by the summer of 2013.
On Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei reiterated Iran’s opposition to the possession of nuclear weapons based on the beliefs of the Iranian nation.
“We are against nuclear weapons not because of the US or others, but because of our beliefs,” the Leader said, adding, “When we say no one should have nuclear weapons, we definitely do not pursue it ourselves either.”