In a joint press conference with the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, Prime Minister Netanyahu contended that Iran “continues its secret program to develop nuclear weapons. It continues its secret program to develop the means to delivering nuclear weapons”. He also affirmed that “we take repeated and forceful military action against Iran and its proxies in Syria and elsewhere if necessary… Israel will continue to take these actions”. Addressing Hook, Netanyahu said: “it is time to implement now snapback sanctions. I don't think we can afford to wait. We should not wait for Iran to start its breakout to a nuclear weapon because when that happens it will be too late for sanctions”. Hook also met with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi during his visit to Jerusalem; Ashkenazi reiterated “concerns about Iran’s continued breach of the [UN] arms embargo” and underscored that “Iran continues to support and arm its proxies in the region, chief among them Hizbollah and Hamas”.
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