Israel FM pressed for world action against Iran

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Calling Iran the ‘major source of instability’ in the Middle East, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Monday pressed for world action to bring the Islamic Republic’s ‘sinister ambitions to a halt.’
“No responsible state disagrees that Iran is the most prominent sponsor of terrorism,” she told the General Assembly session here. “It is a major source of instability and conflict in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and across the entire Middle East and is the enemy of Arab-Israeli coexistence.”
“There are still those who, in the name of consensus and engagement, continue to obstruct the urgent steps which are needed to bring Iran’s sinister (nuclear) ambitions to a halt,” she lamented.
The UN Security Council has passed two rounds of sanctions to force Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, which can be used to supply the fuel for power generation or nuclear arms.
But on Friday, major world powers working to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions said they would wait for two key reports in November before deciding on whether to push for a third round of UN sanctions on Tehran.
The United States, France, Britain and Germany wanted to push for further sanctions, but Russia and China wanted to give the International Atomic Energy Agency more time to do its work.
The United States and its ally Israel have never ruled out using military strikes to block what they see as Iran’s covert bid to acquire nuclear weapons.
“What is the value, we have to ask, of an organization which is unable to take effective action in the face of a direct assault on the very principles it was found to protect?,” Livni asked. “It is time for the United Nations, and the states of the world, to live up to their promise of never again.”

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