Sanctions failing to halt Iran: Israel

2012-10-02 15:00

Jerusalem - International sanctions against Iran are biting but are not slowing the country's nuclear programme, Israel's strategic affairs minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday.

"The sanctions and the pressure in place against Iran for around the past two years are effective, but the centrifuges continue to turn," Yaalon told Israeli public radio.

"There is a sanctions clock, and the Iranian nuclear programme is getting closer and closer to the red line," he added.

"We think it is necessary to impose harsh sanctions, economic, political or otherwise, against Iran, and we retain the military option," Yaalon said.

"But the fact is that diplomacy is not working and the sanctions have not had the desired effect because Iran is continuing its nuclear programme."

Israel, the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear power, and much of the international community, believe Iran's nuclear programme masks a weapons drive.

Tehran says the programme is for peaceful energy and medical purposes, but has been slammed with increasingly harsh sanctions that have squeezed the country's economy.

On Monday, Iran's currency plummeted at least 17% in trading, prompting the US State Department to describe the freefall as evidence that sanctions were putting pressure on the Iranian government.

"From our perspective this speaks to the unrelenting and increasingly successful international pressure that we are all bringing to bear on the Iranian economy. It's under incredible strain," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.

  • boaz.yarmarkov - 2012-10-02 15:50

    I don’t agree with Israel on this issue, as published today in the Associated Press 10.02.12, "Organizers get 10,000 workers to sign manifesto complaining about Iran's stumbling economy amid stifling sanctions in one of most wide-reaching public outcries in Islamic Republic's history" The sanctions ARE working well, even China and India are cutting their orders from Iran. The world is fed up with the crazy Ayatollahs... and when the Iranian population gets fed up… Green revolution here we come!! Iran will eventually return to the awaiting arms of the international community and the global village, while their wretched nuclear armaments campaign will be shelved for good. Iran will see its freedom, it’s a matter of time.

      jameel.patel.39 - 2012-10-02 16:58

      Fed up ? what have they done ?

      Larry - 2012-10-03 08:12

      Patrick/Lesego, if News 24 was a village, then you are the village idiot. Every village has one, I suppose. You think you are a level headed guy because you dribble out of both corners of your mouth.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-02 17:53

    These loony toony clowns from Israel are at it again!

  • julius.hond - 2012-10-02 21:07

    propaganda bull! zak, catch a wakeup!

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