Prime Minister Naftali Bennett voiced to IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi “Israel’s deep concern regarding Iran’s continued progress toward achieving nuclear weapons while deceiving the international community by using false information and lies”. He further underlined “the urgent need in mobilising the international community to take action against Iran, using all means, in order to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons”, and called for “a clear and unequivocal message” from the Board of Governors. Bennett went on to assert that although “Israel prefers diplomacy… It reserves the right to self-defence and action against Iran to block its nuclear program should the international community not succeed in the relevant time frame”. Iran’s foreign minister asserted that Grossi’s visit to Israel was “at odds with the principle of neutrality and the body’s technical and professional capacity”.
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