Netanyahu: Iran Close to Crossing 'Red Line'

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CBS News's "Face the Nation" that Iran's stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium is getting close to crossing the red line he spoke of at the United Nations last fall.

Experts estimate the Islamic Republic has stockpiled about 190 kg of enriched uranium. It takes about 250 kg to produce a bomb so if the estimates are correct, they're 60 kg away from nuclear armament. 

Netanyahu told "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer Sunday that "U.S. clocks are ticking at a different pace."

"We're closer than the United States; we're more vulnerable," Netanyahu said. "And therefore we'll have to address this question of how to stop Iran, perhaps before the United States does."

As Israel's prime minister, Netanyahu said he'll do whatever it takes to defend the Jewish state from a regime threatening its annihilation.

At Sunday's cabinet meeting, the prime minister said Iran is pressing ahead "quickly" to develop "a military nuclear ability."

"It is expanding and advancing its enrichment facilities and, at the same time, it's developing its [intercontinental] ballistic missiles capability," he said.

He said that development makes the threat not only Israel's problem, but the rest of the world as well.

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