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News number: 9101141261

10:48 | 2012-04-11

Politics

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Israeli Defense Minister Rejects Efficiency of Sanctions against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Zionist regime of Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak dismissed effectiveness of the sanctions policy against Iran, stressing that embargos can't hinder Tehran's nuclear program.



"I don't believe that this amount of sanctions and pressure will bring the Iranian leadership to the conclusion that they have to stop their nuclear program," Barak said on CNN's 'Fareed Zakaria GPS'.

His words come on the heels of an upcoming meeting between Iran and the so-called Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) scheduled to meet in Istanbul on April 13.

Israel has tried to get the United States to commit to its own 'red lines' which would prompt military action against what many world nations believe is a peaceful Iranian nuclear program.

Israel and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.