Israel grumbles as Iran sanctions prove futile
Press TV— Israel admits to the inefficacy of the US-engineered economic sanctions against Iran, saying the measures have failed to hinder the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
“If the sanctions are going to work, they better work soon,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CNN in a Tuesday interview.
“So far they haven’t rolled back the Iranian program or even stopped it by one iota,” he said.
“I hope that changes, but so far, I can tell you the centrifuges are spinning,” he added.
Netanyahu was referring to four rounds of economic sanctions, the UN Security Council has imposed on Iran under pressure from the veto-holding US and its European allies, followed by further unilateral measures by Washington.
The United States has also persuaded the European Union to follow suit by further targeting the Iranian energy sector in a bid to cripple the nation’s main source of income and consequently corner Tehran to quit its nuclear energy program.
The US and some of its allies also accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran refutes such claims, arguing that, as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to utilize nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.