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Cameron Warns Netanyahu Not To Launch Military Strike On Iran Right Now

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British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at 10 Downing street in London, on May 4, 2011. (credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at 10 Downing street in London, on May 4, 2011. (credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron warns Israel that now is not the time to launch a military strike against Iran.

According to The Times of Israel, Cameron said during the United Jewish Israel Appeal annual dinner that he recently told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold off bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“A foreign military strike is exactly the chance the regime would look for to unite its people against a foreign enemy,” Cameron said, The Times of Israel reports. “We shouldn’t give them that chance.”

Cameron added that Iran is a “threat to the world” and the United Kingdom would do anything in its power to stop the Tehran regime from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

“A nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to Israel and the world. This country will work unwaveringly to prevent it happening,” Cameron said, according to The Times of Israel.

Netanyahu has hinted that Israel would launch a strike against Iranian nuclear facilities in efforts to thwart that country from developing an atomic weapon.

The European Union imposed more sanctions on Iran Monday, banning imports of Iranian natural gas and restricting trade and financial dealings with the Islamic country.

Iran denounced the sanctions as “inhuman” and said it won’t stop Tehran from moving forward with its nuclear program.

“They cannot force the Iranian nation to surrender and withdraw,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, according to The Associated Press. “This sort of acts will encourage the Iranian nation to continue on its way, strongly.”

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order carrying out new sanctions against Iran.

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