Shimon Peres chided the international community for not being firmer in its efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear program. “Iran is not strong. The reaction to Iran is weak, and that is what strengthens it,” the Israeli vice premier said Thursday after talks with visiting European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana. The U.N. Security Council has agreed to discuss sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt atomic procedures that could be used to produce a bomb, but implementation of the council decision has been held up by internal disagreements. “There is a need to place sanctions on the Iranians so that they understand that the world cannot accept their way of promoting the nuclear system or nuclear program while trying to negotiate the terms of this program with the world,” Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said.
October 27, 2006