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(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Iran is the most morally corrupt nation on Earth, President Shimon Peres told CNN's Richard Quest on Saturday.
president said on top of the nuclear danger presented by the Islamic
Republic's secretive nuclear program, the issue with Iran is a "matter
Peres accused the regime in Tehran of hanging people without cause, sending arms and money for terror, cheating and lying.
rights, now, should be put in the center," Peres said, responding to a
question of Quest's on how the international community should handle the
Peres said the situation vis a vis the
international community's engagement with the Islamic Republic has
changed since Europe sanctioned Iranian crude, and the US passed
sanctions on Iran's central bank.
Still, Peres said "I would tell the Iranian people, save your own country. It's in your hands."
He added that he "was not calling for a revolution."
Speaking about the peace process, Peres said external support is not necessary for restarting direct negotiations with Palestinian leadership, given the current political situations in the
international parties involved in the issue.
Peres said there was a
clear rift in the Quartet leadership, noting that one of its members,
Russia, has "its own view." He said Europe and the United States are
preoccupied with elections.
"They can't be of immediate help," he said, adding the only way to move forward is direct negotiations with the Palestinians.