Thursday, August 27, 2009

Israel: Crippling Sanctions against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today called for "crippling sanctions" against Iran to stop its nuclear work.

"There is not much time" to halt Tehran's nuclear ambitions, Netanyahu said in a news conference in Berlin after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel [AFP, 27 August].

"I think the most important thing that can be put in place is what the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called crippling sanctions. It is possible to put real pressure, real economic pressure, on this regime if the major powers of the world unite."

Merkel told the same news conference that if Iran failed to meet international obligations by next month then "more serious steps" including energy sanctions would have to be considered.

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