Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni reiterated her call for strong sanctions against Iran in another attempt to force the Islamic Republic to halt its nuclear development program.
"There is a need for harsh and extremely painful sanctions," she told Ynet just before leaving the country Saturday night on a visit to China. "Any hesitation on the part of the international community is interpreted wrongly by Iran and its neighbors."
China is a "critical player on this level," said the Foreign Minister, adding that she is hoping to persuade the Chinese government during her visit to support Israel's call for "dramatic sanctions" against Iran. China is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.