New Iran sanctions not enough, warns Israel

Thursday, April 01, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev said on Thursday that a new package of sanctions against Iran currently being considered by the UN Security Council won't be enough to halt Iran's nuclear program.

"The sanctions being crafted won't prevent Iran from continuing to enrich uranium," Shalev told Israel's Army Radio.

Shalev was happy to see China finally joining the rest of the security council in taking the Iran threat seriously, but noted there was a downside to such broach cooperation, since China's involvement means the sanctions that are eventually adopted will be much softer.

US and European officials hope to have new sanctions ironed out by the end of April. But Israeli officials warn that Iran is too close to developing nuclear weapons to continue wasting time, and that in the absence of severe sanctions, military action is becoming increasingly necessary.

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