Iranian oil platform, Iran flag.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon called on the UN Thursday to
implement an oil embargo on Iran to pressure the Islamic Republic over
its controversial nuclear program.
Meeting with senior officials
in the Colombian capital of Bogota, Ayalon said it was important the
South American country push for an embargo of Iranian crude "without
delay," according to a press release from his office.
the UN committee that monitors UN sanctions on Iran and Sudan, and is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
the UN has slapped sanctions on Iran that include an arms embargo and
the freezing of Iranian assets, the international body has yet to target
the Islamic Republic's important energy sector, such as the European
Union decided to do
fears that increased sanctions against Iran may lead to a regional
crisis that could send oil prices soaring, the deputy prime minister
called on the Latin American nation, a major oil exporter, to increase
its output to prevent such a shock to energy markets.
Ayalon thanked Colombia for supporting the diplomatic process with the
Palestinians, and for its opposition to unilateral moves by the
Palestinian Authority, such as the PA's bid to join the United Nations.
deputy prime minister met with Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angela
Holguin and Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon during his stay in
"Colombia is a strategic partner of Israel's in Latin
America, and a strong partner for improving global security and
stability," Ayalon told the Colombian diplomats.