Shaul Mofaz 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Tuesday's International Atomic Energy Agency report
outlining Iran's attempts to develop a nuclear weapon should bring
about a change in the international approach to dealing with the Iranian
threat, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul
Mofaz said on Wednesday morning.
report "constitutes an opportunity for the free world to take action,"
he told Army Radio. "I think the time has come to intensify sanctions to paralyze the Iranian economy."
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are approaching a reality of a balance of terror in the Middle East,
and Iran's missile range covers most European capitals. Anyone who
thinks he's immune [to the danger] is making a mistake," Mofaz said, explaining that this the moment of truth for the Western
world's foreign policy.
Mofaz contended that the report's findings
were not news to Israel "but exposed the true face of Iran and its
He stated that "military action of any kind, particularly from Israel, is
the last and worst action at this time, but all options must be on the
table and ready. We will not accept a nuclear Iran."
The FADC chairman's comments came a day after the IAEA, completed a new report
that said Iran has worked on developing an atomic bomb design and may
still be conducting relevant research.
"credible" information from member states and elsewhere, the agency
listed a series of activities applicable to developing nuclear weapons,
such as high explosives testing and development of an atomic bomb
Following the report's publication, US official said the United States may impose
more sanctions on Iran, but is unlikely to go after its oil and gas
sector or its central bank, and further UN sanctions against Tehran are
"I think you will see bilateral sanctions increasing," the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.
However, because of Russian and Chinese opposition, chances for another
UN Security Council resolution sanctioning Iran for its atomic program
are slim, the official said.