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Benjamin Netanyahu: Iran is almost to the brink (+video)

At the United Nations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew a clear red line in hope that Iran will back down from a path towards nuclear weapon development. Three rounds of talks with Iran this year have not yet lead the country to halt its nuclear program.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a "clear red line" must be set on Iran's nuclear program.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew his "red line" for Iran's nuclear program on Thursday despite a U.S. refusal to set an ultimatum, saying Tehran will be on the brink of a nuclear weapon in less than a year.

By citing a time frame in an address to the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu - who has clashed with President Barack Obama over the urgency of military action against Iran - appeared to suggest no Israeli attack was imminent before the Nov. 6 U.S. presidential election.

Holding up a cartoon-like drawing of a bomb with a fuse, Netanyahu literally drew a red line just below a label reading "final stage" to a bomb, in which Iran was 90 percent along the path of having sufficient weapons-grade material.

Experts put that at the point that Iran has amassed enough uranium, purified to a level of 20 percent, that could quickly be enriched further and be used to produce an atomic bomb.

Netanyahu told the United Nations he believes that faced with a clear red line, Iran will back down in a crisis that has sent jitters across the region and in financial markets.

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