President Shimon Peres, at a meeting in Yalta on Friday with Ukrainian President
Viktor Yanukovych, expressed hope that there would be “new voices” emerging from
Sanctions taken against Iran in an effort to prevent the
continuation of its nuclear program had been effective and had also served to
influence the Iranian leadership, Peres said.
He emphasized, as he has
done many times previously, that of all the options available to persuade Tehran
to forgo nuclearization, the nonmilitary one was preferred.
sanctions implemented to date succeed in dissuading Iran from developing nuclear
weapons, so much for the good, said Peres, while warning that if Iran does not
desist, all other options remain open. Whoever engages in terrorism, he
continued, endangers his own country. There is no greater hazard in the Middle
East than terrorism. Terrorists ruin countries and divide nations, said Peres,
citing the Palestinians, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
In the final
analysis, he predicted, all nations will use whatever resources they have at
their disposal to do away with terrorists and terrorism.
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