Photo: AP
Iranian youngsters prepared to die
Photo: AP
Iran's threat to the world is a nightmare, says Shalom

'Stick and carrot method not working'

Shalom calls for international pressure to stop Iran reaching nuclear capabilities; more than 200 Iranian youngsters volunteer to carry out suicide bombs against Israel

A “nightmare” is how Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom defined Thursday the possibility that Iran may be able to achieve nuclear capabilities.


“The possibility that Iran’s regime would be able to threaten the existence of the world with the press of a button is a nightmare,” Shalom told reporters, following a traditional meeting with foreign diplomats at the president’s official residence.


Shalom said Israel must place international pressure on the United Nation’s Security Council in order to achieve a change in Iran’s current status.


“The stick and the carrot method directed at Iran is not working,” he said.


Germany, Britain and France have threatened to stop all talks with Iran, as long as it continues with uranium enrichment-related activities.


Both the U.S. and Israel, who do not believe in negotiations with Iran, have welcomed Europe's warning. 


Suicide volunteers in training


Meanwhile, more than 200 young men and women presented themselves on Thursday as volunteers to carry out suicide bomb attacks against Americans in Iraq and Israelis.


The meeting was organized by the

Headquarters for Commemorating Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement, a shadowy group  that has sought volunteers for attacks in Iraq and Israel since last year.


The movement's spokesman, Mohammad Ali Samadi, told the audience that the volunteers were preparing for "Martyrdom attacks against occupiers of Palestine, the assassination of (British author) apostate Salman Rushdie and attacks against occupiers of holy places (in Iraq)."


The volunteers, who chanted "Allahu akbar" - "God is great" - and "Death to America," wore white shrouds symbolizing their willingness to die and headbands with the slogan "There is no Allah but the Almighty."


While the Iranian government has distanced itself from the organization, the group has occasionally used buildings belonging to semi-official hard-line organizations. 


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