Israeli Official: Rowhani 'Plans to Charm His Way' to a Nuclear Bomb

Hassan Rowhani / AP
September 20, 2013

Israel's intelligence minister, Yuval Steinitz, said in a recent interview that Iran's President Hassan Rowhani "plans to charm his way to a nuclear weapon."

It is too late for negotiations between Israel and Iran, Steinitz said to Israel Hayom.

"There is no more time for negotiations. The Iranians have been negotiating for four years. Over the last 18 months, there has been some progress in imposing sanctions that have pressured the Iranian leadership. The sanctions are estimated to have cost the Iranian economy about $100 billion just over the last 18 months. Since the entire scope of the Iranian economy is about $450 billion, this signifies a massive blow. Their economy is on the verge of collapse, but they still keep advancing their nuclear program."

"[Iranian President Hasan] Rouhani has launched a charm offensive on the West, but he plans to charm his way to a nuclear weapon. While he sends letters to [U.S. President Barack] Obama and wishes the Jews a happy new year, the centrifuges continue to spin. Not only has the [nuclear] project not stopped, it is galloping forward."

If Iran continues to develop its nuclear program the muslim country will have a nuclear bomb within six months, he said.

"Time has run out and the West, chiefly the U.S., must clarify to the Iranians that they have two options: either abandon their nuclear aspirations and save their economy or continue with the nuclear project and risk a real military attack that will destroy the nuclear project and humiliate them. There is no middle ground."