Netanyahu calls for sustained sanctions on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations on Tuesday, urging the international community to keep strict sanctions on Iran to ensure the derailment of its nuclear program.

"Last year when I spoke here at the U.N. I drew a red line," Netanyahu said. "Now, Iran has been very careful not to cross that line but Iran is positioning itself to race across that line in the future at a time of its choosing."

Netanyahu said that Iran's alleged peaceful nuclear energy program is in fact a nuclear weapon program. He said that Iran is planning to develop a stockpile of nuclear weapons before the international community can prepare to deter it and that the answer to solving the problem is sanctions.

"Iran faces one big problem, and that problem can be summed up in one word: sanctions," Netanyahu said. "Lift the sanctions only when Iran fully dismantles its nuclear weapons program. So as a result, the regime is under intense pressure from the Iranian people to get the sanctions relieved or removed. The international community has Iran on the ropes. If you want to knock out Iran's nuclear weapons program peacefully, don't let up the pressure."

Netanyahu also recommended a plan of action for preventing the progress of Iran's nuclear program, which involved ceasing all uranium enrichment programs, destroying uranium stockpiles and stopping the nation's heavy water reactor.

"These steps would put an end to Iran's nuclear weapons program and eliminate its breakout capability," Netanyahu said, also urging the international community to press ahead with negotiations but to not agree to a partial deal. "Lift the sanctions only when Iran fully dismantles its nuclear weapons program."