Ayalon: When Iran's economy damaged, they won't take risks

April 2, 2012 18:58

Once the Iranian economy is severely damaged, Tehran will be less likely to take risks that could lead to a regional conflict, Deputy Foreign Minster Danny Ayalon said Monday.

Iran's economy has suffered under the weight of far-reaching sanctions, cast on Iran by Western nations and the United Nations over Tehran's failure to halt its nuclear program, and reveal some of the more covert elements of its nuclearization to international inspectors. 

"If the world can skin Iran," Ayalon said speaking at an event at the Ariel University Center of Samaria, "I believe it will be the first step in making the Middle East more stable."

"We must remember that when all is said and done, the [Iranian] government is somewhat rational," Ayalon told the conference, called "Israel in the 21st Century."

"And even if it continues its nuclear buildup, one cannot forget what President [Barack] Obama said, that all options are on the table," the deputy foreign minister said.

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