Sep 7, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from WND: UNITED NATIONS – A critical showdown is looming over the skyline of New York City, as the chiefs of Israel and Iran both will be attending the same United Nations General Assembly later this month.
Also on hand is expected to be U.S. President Barack Obama. Iran’s controversial nuclear program, which has put Tehran at odds with the United Nations Security Council, is sure to be a prime topic on the agenda of the 2012 meetings, diplomats confirm. Western interests believe the program is intended to produce nuclear weapons.
Obama, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu all are scheduled to attend the meetings that start Sept. 23. In addition, French President Francois Hollande and UK Prime Minister David Cameron also will attend the U.N. forum.
And all the principals have been invited to a high-powered lunch hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
In addition to Ahmadinejad, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to use the 2012 General Assembly to advance his campaign for unilateral statehood, a move Washington insists must be negotiated with the Israelis and not used as a political football inside the United Nations.
And, all of it comes less than six weeks before the U.S. Election Day.
Obama has been quiet as to what he intends to discuss before the U.N. diplomats during his three-day stay.
Most diplomats feel the U.S. president will be forced into a “high-wire act” as he negotiates a political minefield during his trip to New York.
Netanyahu, on the other hand, has made it clear that Iran and its expanding nuclear “research” program will be the prime focus of his four-day visit, a visit which comes amidst increasing talk of a military strike to thwart Iran’s march to perfect a nuclear weapon.
Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Netanyahu was frank on the dangers Iran poses:
“I intend to tell the nations of the world (at the General Assembly) in a clear voice the truth about the terror regime of Iran,” he said.
Earlier, speaking in Tehran, Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei labeled Netanyahu and his government ministers “a pack of Zionist wolves.”
After his New York visit, Netanyahu is expected to travel to Washington for an additional meeting with Obama at the White House.
Just last week, Iran and Russia announced that Tehran’s new nuclear power station near the Persian Gulf port of Bushehr had become “fully operational.”
The Russian-built complex had been beset by cost overruns, computer viruses and assorted construction delays, making it more than five years late and almost $1 billion over budget.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. atomic watchdog, Bushehr, is among the top 20 largest nuclear power stations in the world.
A second reactor at the site is expected to be completed in late 2013.
The Iranians have publicly stated that a third reactor may also be built.