Israeli FM: Iran poses most dangerous threat to world order
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 2 /Trend/
Iran poses the largest, most dangerous threat to the current world order, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday, adding that Israel expects that the international community will step up efforts to act against it, Haaretz reported.
"The international community must prove its ability to make decisions and enforce tough sanctions on Iran's central bank as well as halt the purchasing of oil," Lieberman said.
According to Haaretz, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently persuaded Lieberman, who previously objected to attacking Iran, to support such a move.
Senior ministers and diplomats said the International Atomic Energy Agency's report, due to be released on November 8, will have a decisive effect on the decisions Israel makes.
On Sept. 12, Amano announced plans to publish a new report detailing the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear programme.
In the joint note, issued on Tuesday, Moscow and Beijing warned the UN atomic agency against "groundless haste" and urge him to "act cautiously," adding that "such kind of report will only drive the Iranians into a corner making them less cooperative."
The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity and producing isotopes to treat medical patients.
Iran's refusal to abandon its uranium enrichment program has resulted in resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council in 2010, as well as additional unilateral sanctions approved by the U.S. Congress and the foreign ministers of all EU countries, which were primarily directed against the banking, financial and energy sectors of Iran.
Refined uranium can be used to fuel nuclear power plants, Iran's stated goal, or provide material for bombs if processed much further.
Edited by T.Konyayeva.