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Shimon Peres voiced hope for a peaceful solution to the Western standoff with Iran over its nuclear program. “I wouldn’t like to darken the future with belligerent declarations,” the vice premier told reporters Tuesday during a visit to Japan, where he was asked if Israel could resort to pre-emptive military strikes on Iran’s nuclear sites. “I do hope that the problem can be solved economically, politically and psychologically.”

The U.N. Security Council is expected by week’s end to have drafted a new set of sanctions against Iran, which flouted a resolution calling for curbs on its sensitive nuclear projects.

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