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Netanyahu as Patriarch of Iran Sanctions Is Wary of Shift

For more than 15 years and more than any other world leader, Benjamin Netanyahu demanded sanctions against Iran to stop it from getting nuclear weapons. Now, as the sanctions are credited with weakening the Iranian economy enough to prompt a thaw between the U.S. and the Islamic nation, the Israeli prime minister is among the skeptics who remain unconvinced that anything significant has changed.

Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly today that the “soothing rhetoric” offered by new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is contradicted by country’s “savage record” of sponsoring global terror attacks and continued development of its nuclear program. “The pressure on Iran must continue,” Netanyahu said. “When it comes to Iran’s nuclear program here’s my advice: distrust, dismantle, verify.”