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Shalom: Only Tougher Sanctions Can Stop Iran

Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom: If harsher sanctions are slapped on Iran, then it may abandon its nuclear program.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/17/2012, 2:15 AM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development Silvan Shalom said on Sunday that the only way to get Iran to abandon its nuclear program is to toughen the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

“Sanctions have had an influence in many places in the past and have proven themselves,” Shalom told reporters. "They brought down the regime in South Africa, they brought down Libya’s nuclear program, they almost completely brought down North Korea and there would have been an agreement if the leader of North Korea hadn’t passed away. I think they also have an impact in Iran, and that impact is very significant.”

He added, “Of course, harsher sanctions are required to decide the issue once and for all. What is happening is that Iran is producing nuclear weapons out of a thought that they will cause the regime to survive forever. If they come to a conclusion that sanctions can overwhelm the regime and the key to having the regime survive is actually to abandon the nuclear program, then maybe they’ll do it. And that’s why additional sanctions are required, also in regards to the export of Iranian oil, also in regards to the Central Iranian Bank.”

Shalom said that if harsher sanctions are slapped on Iran and the regime understands that its citizens could rebel against it “that will be the breaking point at which they may abandon their nuclear program.”