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Israeli Official: Time to Set Ultimatum for Iran

Source: VOA

A senior Israeli official has called on world powers to threaten Iran with military action if it refuses to curb sensitive nuclear work within a "few weeks, [or] a month."

Speaking to Israel's Army Radio on Sunday, Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said it is time for Iran to face a "military threat, a form of red line or unequivocal ultimatum" from the entire world, particularly the United States and the West.

Israel, the United States and their allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under cover of a civilian program, a charge Tehran denies. Israeli and U.S. officials repeatedly have warned they could take military action to stop the Iranian nuclear program as a last resort, if sanctions and diplomacy fail.

But, Israel sees a nuclear-armed Iran as a threat to its existence and wants Western powers to take a tougher stance against Tehran.


"Revealed: the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal
October 5, 1986 - The British newspaper The Sunday Times

Israel is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons and to be the sixth country in the world to develop them. It is one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognized as a Nuclear Weapons State by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the others being India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Steinitz accused Iran of stalling in its latest nuclear talks with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, who want Tehran to stop production of highly-enriched uranium that has civilian and military uses.

E.U. foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the six powers, said the two sides remained "far apart" on Saturday after two days of meetings in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They also were unable to agree on when to hold another round of negotiations.

Iran's nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili insisted that the six powers recognize an Iranian "right" to enrich uranium and offer greater relief from economic sanctions in return for any enrichment slowdown.

Steinitz said the Iranians are "laughing their way" to a nuclear bomb as diplomacy continues.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Iran against playing for time as he held a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

"You can't just delay and talk for the sake of talking. So we would repeat to Iran: it's our desire to have a diplomatic solution. But this choice really lies in the hands of Iranians. If you have a peaceful program for nuclear power, as a number of nations do, it is not hard to prove to the world that it is peaceful."

Kerry also said Washington is willing to be "patient" with diplomacy and recognizes that Iran's upcoming presidential election in June "complicates" the political choices facing Iranian leaders.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.


Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East

Journalist Jonathan Cook explores Israel's key role in persuading the Bush administration to invade Iraq, as part of a plan to remake the Middle East, and their joint determination to isolate Iran and prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons that might rival Israel's own. This concise and clearly argued book makes the case that Israel's desire to be the sole regional power in the Middle East neatly chimes with Bush's objectives in the "war on terror". Examining a host of related issues, from the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to the role of Big Oil and the demonization of the Arab world, Cook argues that the current chaos in the Middle East is the objective of the Bush administration---a policy that is equally beneficial to Israel.

 

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10 Years After Iraq, Stop War with Iran
A measure (S.Res.65) is moving rapidly through the Senate that would call for the U.S. to commit to war if Israel decides to strike Iran. Under such a scenario, it would be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who decides and announces that the U.S. is going to war with Iran. Take action by calling your two Senators and one Representative in Congress to oppose the new war and sanctions legislation.

Crying wolf over Iran's nuclear program - After producing his comic diagram during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly last September, drawing a red line in order to stop Iran's alleged imminent nuclear bomb, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for immediate action against Iran before it was too late. -Farhang Jahanpour 03/8/13

JUST THINKING FREELY: Potentials for a US-Iran Rapprochement- On Tuesday, February 26, the P5+1 and Iran commenced negotiations in Almati, Kazakhstan, and Chuck Hagel began his first day on the job as the new Secretary of Defense. Both these events bore great significance, considering what had gone on to lead to this stage of the game. - Kam Zarrabi 03/2/13

On Iran, try backscratching, not blackmail - If someone threatened to punish you unless you did something you didn't want to do, how would you respond? Unless the threatened punishment was really horrible you'd refuse, because giving into threats encourages the threatener to make more demands. But what if someone offered to pay you to do something you didn't want to do? -Stephen M. Walt, FP 02/28/13

On Heels of Argo Oscar, Former Hostages Say U.S. and Iran Must Break "Wall of Mistrust" - On the heels of Argo's Oscar victory, and on the eve of renewed Iranian nuclear negotiations retired Ambassadors Bruce Laingen and John Limbert - two former hostages held at the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the 444 day crisis - called for sustained diplomacy and an expansion of U.S.-Iran talks. -Solmaz Elmi-Sarabi, NIAC 03/1/13

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