Liberman to China: Iran is greatest threat to world peace

March 18, 2012 18:14
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said he warned top Chinese officials that Iran presents the greatest threat to world peace and stability, Israel Radio reported on Sunday.

Following talks with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Liberman's counterpart Yang Jiechi, Liberman told reporters that he hoped international sanctions on Tehran could convince the government there to abandon its nuclear program, but reiterated Israel's right to defend itself should the diplomatic attempts fail.

Liberman, who is visiting China to celebrate 20 years of ties between Jerusalem and Beijing, told reporters on Friday that all options are on the table with Iran, saying Jerusalem prefers resolving the Iranian nuclear issue through talks with the P5+1 and international sanctions.

China has resisted Western efforts to exert pressure on Iran by imposing sanctions on its oil exports, much of which flows to China.

Liberman noted Beijing's importance in dealing with Tehran and its nuclear agenda, Israel Radio reported. China sits on the P5+1 group, which also includes the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and Germany.

Still, Liberman declined to provide details of his discussions with the Chinese officials, or comment on whether he was satisfied with Beijing's position vis a vis Iran, according to the report.

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