Netanyahu says U.S. must be clear about stopping nuclear Iran

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, said on Sunday that the U.S. must make it clear that it is willing to engage in military action to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu made the remarks on Sunday during an interview with Bob Schieffer on Meet the Press. When asked what the U.S. can do beyond saying it won't tolerate a nuclear Iran, Netanyahu said the U.S. must be clear it is willing to take action, CBS News reports.

"I think it's very important to make clear to them that you won't allow them to have this weapon and to demonstrate that by action," Netanyahu said, according to CBS News. "That is, you can also make clear that the nuclear option which is -- the military option which is on the table is truly on the table. The Iranians take note of that."

Netanyahu also said the U.S. should increase its sanctions against Iran, but if the sanctions don't have the desired result, military action should not be out of the question.

"(Iran has) to stop all enrichment of nuclear material, to take out enriched uranium, to dismantle the illegal -- and shut down the illegal nuclear facility in Qom," Netanyahu said, according to CBS News. "These are the right demands and those should be (backed) up with ratcheted sanctions. You should ratchet up the sanctions and make it clear to Iran that they won't get away with it. And if sanctions don't work then they have to know that you'll be prepared to take military action. That's the only thing that will get their attention."

Netanyahu said Iran is getting closer to having enough fissile nuclear material needed for a nuclear weapon. He estimated Iran has approximately 190 kilograms out of the 250 kilograms needed of 20 percent enriched uranium needed.

Netanyahu was also asked when Israel would make a decision on whether or not to attack Iran, CBS News reports.

"Well, I can tell you I won't wait until it's too late," Netanyahu said, according to CBS News.