Lieberman posts Facebook comments on Iran nuclear talks

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Apr 2013

Israel is on its own in protecting its existence, Avigdor Lieberman says as nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers fail

Israel's Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Avigdor Lieberman (Photo: AP)

Avigdor Lieberman, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman and ex-Israeli foreign minister, posted on Facebook comments about Iran's nuclear programme Sunday following the failure of talks between the Islamic republic and world powers in Kazakhstan last weekend.

"The failure of the talks, which was known in advance, proves again that in this generation too, the protection of the continued existence of the Jewish nation will remain the State of Israel's role," Israel's Ynet news quoted Lieberman as saying on his page.

A senior Israeli minister called on world powers Sunday to set a deadline for military action of weeks to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear enrichment programme after talks ended without progress at the weekend, Reuters reported.

"Sanctions are not enough and the talks are not enough. The time has come to place before the Iranians a military threat or a form of red line, an unequivocal red line by the entire world, by the United States and the West ... in order to get results," Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said.

Iran and the so-called P5+1, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, failed to persuade Iran to abandon its high-level operations of uranium enrichment, which could allow Tehran to militarise its nuclear programme in later phases.  

Iran insists its endeavours are directed to peaceful purposes.

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that diplomacy has failed to stop Iran from developing its nuclear programme. "Iran enriches more and more uranium, it installs faster and faster centrifuges," and it is "running out the clock" on diplomatic efforts to prevent the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear capability, Netanyahu said.

"We have to stop its nuclear enrichment programme before it's too late," AFP quoted Netanyahu as saying in a speech via satellite from his office in Israel to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest pro-Israel lobby in the US.

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