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Israel Sides With US on Iran Sanctions

Monday, 24 May 2010 09:04 AM

JERUSALEM - Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor declared on Monday that U.S.-led sanctions against Iran could work, hours after Tehran handed a letter to the United Nations nuclear watchdog outlining a deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey on sending some of its uranium abroad.

Meridor told a briefing for reporters that he believes the Iranian government "feels the pressure is starting to mount".

He said Iran's recent agreement with Turkey and Brazil to send some of its enriched uranium abroad "may be a sign that they understand something needs to be done".

"Or it could be a trick," said the minister, who is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netahyahu's inner cabinet on top strategic and security issues. "Every day they get closer to the capability they want." Meridor is also Israel's minister responsible for intelligence and nuclear energy.

Israel has made clear its stance that a nuclear-armed Iran would threaten its existence and has voiced skepticism that the Islamic Republic, which has denied it is seeking atomic weapons, can be deterred other than by force.

But Israel, believed to be the Middle East's only nuclear power, has promised U.S. President Barack Obama that it will give diplomacy a chance. Hinting at possible military action, it has also said that all options were on the table.

Meridor said Monday that an American success would send a clear and positive signal to the moderate Arab camp in the Middle East. But the opposite result would have devastating effects and grave consequences for world order.

"I do believe the regime of sanctions may work," he said, although the resolution proposed by Washington at the United Nations, with support of all five Security Council members, "is not as comprehensive or as crippling as I would want it to be".

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JERUSALEM - Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor declared on Monday that U.S.-led sanctions against Iran could work, hours after Tehran handed a letter to the United Nations nuclear watchdog outlining a deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey on sending some of its uranium abroad.
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