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Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon Photo: Reuters
Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon Photo: Reuters

Minister Ayalon: 2010 decisive year on Iran

Deputy foreign minister says not only Israel, but entire world to be tested next year with regards to Iranian nuclear program

Attila Somfalvi
Published: 12.26.09, 16:14 / Israel News

Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon said Saturday that the year 2010 will be a decisive year with regards to Iran and its nuclear plan.


Speaking at an event in Rishon Lezion, Ayalon stressed that the entire international community, and not just Israel, will be facing a test next year.


"There is a broad international front against the Iranian nuclear program, and if Iran doesn't provide the international community with the right answers by the end of the year, the Security Council will likely approve sanctions against it," he said.


Also during the event, Ayalon addressed the possibility that the Kadima party may join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, following a proposal made earlier this week by Netanyahu to opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni.


"Anyone who accepts the current government's path and its principles is welcome to join it," he said.


Recently there have been increasing warnings in the West that the day in which additional and more severe sanctions will be imposed on Iran is nearing. The warnings come due to the fact that Iran has yet to respond to the West's offer on its nuclear program, and the deadline set – the end of the current year – is approaching.


Last week White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs said that the United States has started taking the necessary steps in the event that Iran fails to live up to its commitments on the nuclear matter, and is preparing new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.


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