Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu broad gesture 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said that harsh
international economic sanctions against Iran, which Israel fears is
developing a nuclear weapon to threaten it, have started to have an
In an interview in Saturday's The Australian
newspaper, Netanyahu said: "For the first time I see Iran wobble ...
under the sanctions that have been adopted and especially under the
threat of strong sanctions on their central bank."
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An official in
Netanyahu's office confirmed to Reuters the accuracy of the quotes in
the interview that was conducted on Tuesday.
Iran has come under
increased pressure since the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reported in November that
Tehran appeared to have worked on designing a nuclear weapon and that
secret research to that end may be continuing.
Iran says it wants only nuclear power and some other civilian types of radioactive material.
high-level team from the IAEA is expected to visit this month, seeking
explanations on long-standing concerns that Iran may be trying to
develop nuclear weapons capability.
Iran's envoy to the IAEA has
said the Islamic Republic is ready to answer the agency's questions in
order to remove "any ambiguities" about its nuclear work and clear up
the issue once and for all.
Western diplomats have often accused
Iran of deploying stalling tactics in the nuclear standoff with the
powers, including the United States, China and Russia, to buy more time
while it advances its atomic activities.
Some experts reckon Iran
could have enough highly enriched uranium for one bomb next year,
giving it a possibility of then, at some future date, constructing a
viable weapon within months.
Iran has accused Israel of causing a
series of spectacular and sometimes bloody mishaps to its nuclear and
ballistic missiles development program.
But Israeli officials have declined to make any comment on
any involvement in those events.
In the latest incident on Wednesday, Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa
Ahmadi-Roshan was killed by an explosion in his car, an attack Iran said
was carried out by Mossad.