Tuesday, Oct 02, 2012
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, again 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 per cent 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 spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
Iran is years away from developing it’s nuclear capability to threaten Israel, and there is no danger at present, I will personally defend Israel if anyone tries to be funny because I know everything in this world, however,
there is a real risk of a nuclear weapon stolen by terrorists in an establishment because not every facility in the US is full proofed,
and unless this problem is resolved, the world will face a threat from nuclear weapons and there will not be peace on earth.The most important festival needs increased security as there are extremists planning to cause trouble, especially from die-hard muslim groups which I do not need to tell you who, I have nothing against muslims, but if you disturb the peace in Israel I will get the government to come after you.
Clamp down hard on these people if they are armed, but I am sure their target is not Israel but the US. US interests will all be hit if it does not back off from playing big brother and give up nuclear weapons, until the debt problem is resolved(I can easily solve it), within Obama’s new term, causing a collapse of their economy, I am here to give you prior warning, don’t blame me if you do not listen.
“Reuters reported on September 12, citing U.S. government officials, that the attacks may have been planned and organized in advance, and that members of Ansar al-Sharia and AQIM may have been involved in the Libya embassy attack.”
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