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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the international community Monday night to join the United States in opposing Iran and imposing strong sanctions on Tehran.


Speaking during the inauguration ceremony for the opening of the new Embassy of Paraguay in the Israeli capital, Jerusalem, Netanyahu told President Horacio Cartes that he’s joined U.S. President Trump, who has “changed policy in fundamental ways, not only on Jerusalem but also on Iran.

“If you asked most of the governments and most of the leaders in the Middle East what is the principle barrier to peace? What is the greatest threat to our security? They would say three things – Iran, Iran and Iran.”

Netanyahu said that Trump has taken a firm position, “which we welcome” against Iran, which was echoed not only by the president but today also by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “very strong position: No enrichment, tough sanctions and Iran should get out of Syria.

“We believe this is the right policy,” Netanyahu underscored. “We believe it’s the only policy that could ultimately guarantee the security of the Middle East and peace in our region. And we call on all countries to follow America’s lead here, because Iran is an aggressive force.

“If Iran wanted to seep peaceful nuclear energy they would need not a single centrifuge,” Netanyahu pointed out. “They don’t need centrifuges for enrichment.

“If Iran wanted to pursue a peaceful program, nuclear program, they would not hide their secret archives for making nuclear weapons.

“The first thing that de Klerk did in South Africa when he destroyed their nuclear program, the first thing he destroyed, was their archive.

“The first thing that was destroyed when the Libyan nuclear program was stopped was the archive.

“But Iran did not destroy the archive. Iran hid the archive, lied about it, moved it from place to place because they’re seeking nuclear weapons and conquest.

“The American position prevents them from having nuclear weapons and breaks the cash machine that they were using to fund their conquest of the Middle East.

“Thank you America,” Netanyahu repeated. “This is the right policy.”

Paraguay is the third nation to move its embassy to Jerusalem, having been preceded by the United States – which led the way – and Guatemala, which followed two days later. It is believed Honduras may soon be following.