Barak praises sanctions, urges more action on central bank

January 24, 2012 12:58


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Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday praised newly-imposed EU sanctions on Iran, but urged a continued focus on its central bank.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Barak said, "We are seeing a big improvement in the sanctions, but it's still not enough, and we need to tighten sanctions more."

Sanctions are to be judged by their effect on Iranian behavior, Barak said, not solely on their toughness. If the EU were to focus its central bank sanctions to the extent of its planned oil sanctions, Barak said, it would have a powerful impact on Iran.

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