Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pres. Peres to UN's Ban Ki-moon: Current Iranian Sanctions Are Not Enough

President Shimon Peres on Wednesday (February 1), met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at the start of the Secretary-General's visit to Israel.
UN Sec.-Gen. Ban Ki-Moon said that, "I am deeply concerned by the latest report of the International Atomic Energy Agency.  I have been urging the Iranian authorities to prove that their nuclear program is genuinely for peaceful purposes.  I think they have not yet convinced the international community.  It is very important that the international community engage in a dialog with the Iranian authorities to resolve this issue peacefully.  I urge the Iranians to engage in dialog. There is no alternative to a peaceful resolution of this issue."
President Peres emphasized that, "At this time, the UN has a decisive role to play in the war against global terrorism, at the head of which stands Iran.  No country is immune from terrorism – not the US, not the European states and not the countries of the Middle East.  While Israel welcomes the sanctions, in and of themselves they are not enough.  I expect the international community not to take any option off the table, and to take determined action to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb!  Iran finances and uses terrorism.  We have witnessed the shipments of weapons and missiles that reach Gaza directly from Tehran and are received by Hamas, and the weapons convoys that go directly to Hezbollah in Lebanon and to Syria as well."
Read the rest of this article here.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem and for President Shimon Peres.

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