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Israel PM Netanyahu welcomes new UN sanctions against Iran

June 10, 2010

JERUSALEM (CHANNEL NEWS ASIA)  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed new sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council against the Jewish state’s arch-foe Iran in a statement released by his office on Thursday.

“The resolution passed today (Wednesday) in the Security Council through (US) President (Barack) Obama’s determined efforts is a positive step,” Netanyahu said.

“The resolution makes clear to Iran that the leading powers of the world are opposed to its nuclear weapons programme,” he added.

“We hope that today’s positive step will be followed by strong action on the part of individual countries, including those targeting Iran’s energy sector.”

12 nations on the Security Council voted Wednesday in favour of a fourth set of sanctions on Iran, with Lebanon abstaining, and Brazil and Turkey voting against, after Tehran defied earlier UN demands to suspend uranium enrichment.

“These resolutions are not worth a dime for the Iranian nation,” hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Iran’s ISNA news agency in Tajikistan, where he is on a two-day visit.

“I gave one of them (the world powers) a message that the resolutions you issue are like a used hanky which should be thrown in the dust bin.”

Israel, which has the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear arsenal, regards Iran as its principal threat after repeated predictions by Ahmadinejad of the Jewish state’s demise.

Israeli leaders have refused to rule out a resort to military action to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapons capability.

Iran insists that its nuclear programme is aimed solely at power generation and medical research and says that the international community should focus its attention on Israel, which, unlike Iran, is not a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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