Step up pressure on Iran: Israel

IsraelI Prime Minister on Sunday urged the international community to step up the pressure on Iran.

Written by Associated Press | Jerusalem | Published:October 21, 2013 2:25 am

IsraelI Prime Minister on Sunday urged the international community to step up the pressure on Iran,despite some optimism following the latest round of nuclear talks with the Islamic Republic.

It was Benjamin Netanyahu’s first public statement on last week’s round of talks between Iran and global powers over its suspect nuclear program. Negotiators ended the talks on an upbeat note.

The talks have put Netanyahu in a tough position. Convinced that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons,Netanyahu has dismissed what he calls a “charm offensive” by Iran’s new president,Hassan Rouhani.

“I think that in this situation as long as we do not see actions instead of words,the international pressure must continue to be applied and even increased,’’ Netanyahu told his Cabinet. “The greater the pressure,the greater the chance that there will be a genuine dismantling of the Iranian military nuclear program. If the pressure is reduced,the chance will be accordingly smaller.’’

He also warned against granting “international legitimacy’’ to the Iranians at this point. He cited Iran’s continued enrichment of uranium,a key step toward making weapons,its defiance of past UNSC resolutions,its support for Syria,its references to Israel’s destruction and its alleged involvement in attacks on Israeli targets worldwide.

“I think that the correct approach toward such a regime is to be wary and increase the pressure,’’ he said.

Iran speaker warns negotiators

Tehran: Iran’s parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned Sunday that lawmakers could intervene in ongoing nuclear talks with calls for stepped up atomic work if the West presses too hard for concessions. He told Iran’s representatives that parliament would not permit world powers to impose “special measures’’ beyond the obligations laid out by the UN treaty.

Larijani said. “Iranian negotiators should be fully aware of this. If parliament feels another powerful party has a double-standard and unjustifiable attitudes,it will approve necessary measures on amount and diversity of nuclear activities.’’ AP

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