Barak to Ashton: More action may be needed to deter Iran

January 24, 2012 17:06


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Defense Minister Ehud Barak welcomed on Tuesday the European Union embargo on Iranian crude, saying much more may still be needed to deter Tehran from pursuing its nuclear program.

Speaking at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv alongside the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, Barak said the fresh EU sanctions were "steps in the right direction to ratchet international pressure; much more may be needed until we see Iranians turning back from nuclear programs."

The EU banned imports of oil from Iran on Monday and imposed a number of other economic sanctions, joining the United States in a new round of measures aimed at deflecting Tehran's nuclear development program.

Ashton told Barak the point of the sanctions was to "persuade Iran to come back to the table," either to "pick pick up either the ideas that we left there when met in Istanbul last year, or to put on the table their own ideas."

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