Netanyahu: Iran sanctions not working (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moran Azoulay Published: 02.16.12, 16:41)
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During historic visit to Cyprus, PM says Iran ´most irresponsible
force in the world´; signs search and rescue deal with President
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cypriot President Dimitris
Christofias signed a search and rescue agreement on Thursday.
According to the agreement, in the event of a disaster Israeli
aircraft will be authorized to enter Cyprus´ airspace, and vice
A similar agreement between the Jewish state and Turkey was revoked
recently in light of heightened tensions between the countries.
While in Nicosia, Netanyahu also addressed the Iranian nuclear
threat, saying the sanctions imposed by the international community
on the Islamic Republic "are not working."
"Iran is the most irresponsible force in the world. I hope the
sanctions will have an effect, but so far they have not. We are
dealing with a regime that violates every resolution and has no
respect for international standards," the Israeli premier said.
"Iran´s race towards nuclear weapons should concern the US and every
other country. Nuclear arms in the hands of such a regime is a cause
for great concern to the US and Israel."
Netanyahu and his wife Sarah landed in Cyprus in the morning hours
for a one-day visit aimed at boosting cooperation between Jerusalem
and Nicosia in the fields of energy, agriculture, health and maritime
Netanyahu is the first Israeli leader ever to visit the nearby island
While in Nicosia, Netanyahu will also meet with Opposition Leader
Nicos Anastasiades and various government officials.
Despite reports suggesting Cyprus may allow Israel to station
aircraft in its territory, officials said Netanyahu is not expected
to raise the issue during his talks with Cypriot leaders.
Past ties between the two nations have been chilly, as Cyprus was
wary of Israel´s military and trade relations with Turkey, which does
not recognize Cyprus as a sovereign state and occupies its north.
But Israel´s relations with Turkey have deteriorated, and Cyprus is
looking to cement ties with neighbors as Turkey´s influence grows.
(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 02/16/12)
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