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Israeli official calls for severe sanctions on Iran
  An Israeli official has reportedly called on the West to ‘starve Iranians’ through the imposition of severe sanctions in a supposed bid to force the Islamic Republic to relinquish its nuclear energy program.
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Thursday 1 March 2012 17:30
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Israeli official calls for severe sanctions on Iran
 Bfnews: “Suffocating sanctions could lead to a grave economic situation in Iran and to a shortage of food,” the Israeli Ynet news agency quoted an Israeli official without revealing his name on Wednesday.

“This would force the regime to consider whether the nuclear adventure is worthwhile,” the official added.

“The Western world led by the United States must implement stifling sanctions at this time already, rather than wait or hesitate,” the official further said. “In order to suffocate Iran economically and diplomatically and lead the regime there to a hopeless situation, this must be done now, without delay,” he added.

The comments come as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington on March ۵ to discuss Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program and have used this pretext to push for four rounds of UN sanctions and a series of unilateral measures against the Islamic Republic.

On December 25, 2011, the United States imposed new sanctions against Iran aimed at preventing other countries from importing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with its Central Bank.

European Union foreign ministers also approved sanctions against Iran’s oil and financial sectors on January 23, including a ban on Iranian oil imports, a freeze on the assets of the country’s Central Bank within EU states, and a ban on selling grains, diamonds, gold, and other precious metals to Tehran.

Iran has refuted the allegations, 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 use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. 

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Source : Press tv