UPDATED 9:22 AM PT — Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently slammed Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and accused him of lying.
In a statement Monday, Netanyahu insisted that Israel would not allow Iran to develop its nuclear weapons. His comments come after Zarif claimed Israel was seeking to destroy Iran during a recent press conference.
“Zarif is lying again — Iran is the one that openly threatens, every day, to destroy the state of Israel,” stated Netanyahu. “Iran continues to entrench itself militarily in Syria and today, the IAEA reports that Iran is accelerating its nuclear program.”
Netanyahu went on to emphasize the threat of nuclear weapons, and said such a conflict would impact more than just the Middle East.
“I repeat: Israel will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons that threaten our existence and endanger the entire world,” he stated.
The exchange comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran, following a series of threats stemming from Iran and its proxy forces. Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency reportedly confirmed Iran has increased its uranium enrichment activities.