Israeli Prime Minister to issue Iran warning at UN General Assembly

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will tell the United Nations General Assembly in late September that Iran "is the greatest threat to world peace," his office said Thursday.

According to the online Times of Israel, which quoted unnamed Israeli sources, the premier also plans to discuss further action to thwart Iran's suspected nuclear weapons programme with US President Barack Obama.

As speculation grows that an Israeli attack on Iran could be just weeks away, some analysts have raised the possibility that an agreement between the two leaders in New York could prevent an Israeli strike, dpa reported

In the statement announcing his UN trip, Netanyahu was quoted as denouncing the Non-Aligned Movement conference currently taking place in Tehran, saying the representatives of the 120 countries attending heard a "blood libel" against Israel "and were silent."

"This silence must stop. Therefore, I will go to the UN General Assembly and, in a clear voice, tell the nations of the world the truth about Iran's regime, which constitutes the greatest threat to world peace," the statement said.

Israel sees a nuclear-armed Iran as an existential threat, pointing to repeated statements by Iranian leaders that the Jewish state should be wiped off the map.

Iran denies Western allegations that it is seeking to build a nuclear weapon and insists that its nuclear programme is solely for peaceful purposes.

Netanyahu will leave for New York on September 27, after the end of the Day of Atonement holiday in Israel, and will return on September 30.

The General Assembly session gets underway on September 26.

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