Japanese Prime Minister to Barak: Don´t attack Iran (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Barak Ravid 02/16/12)
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda warned Defense Minister Ehud
Barak when the two met yesterday in Tokyo against a unilateral
Israeli attack on Iran´s nuclear facilities. According to senior
Japanese Foreign Ministry officials, the Japanese premier told Barak
Israeli military action against Iran would be highly dangerous and
result in a serious escalation in the region.
Noda told the Israeli defense minister that the attacks directed at
Israeli diplomatic missions in New Delhi and in the Georgian capital,
Tbilisi, were unacceptable, but he added that Israel should exercise
restraint at this time. For his part, Barak said the attacks were
carried out at Iran´s direction and this reflects the dangerous
nature of Iran and its responsibility in undermining the world order.
The Obama administration is pressuring the European Union and a
global electronic banking system to expel Iranian banks from the
network - another step in Western efforts to deprive Tehran of funds
needed to develop nuclear weapons.
Kicking Iranian banks out of the Belgium-based SWIFT, or Society for
Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, would cut off one of
the only remaining avenues for Iran to do business with the rest of
SWIFT facilitates the bulk of the world´s cross-border payments,
exchanging 18 million payment messages per day between banks and
other financial institutions.
The United States and Europe have already slapped sanctions on Iran´s
central bank, the main clearinghouse for the country´s oil revenues,
which would punish Tehran´s trading partners if they continue to buy
Iranian oil. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 02/16/12)
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