Israel Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said it was time for world powers to adopt a “firmer stand” with Iran on its controversial nuclear program after their latest round of negotiations closed on Saturday without any breakthrough.(AFP)
“Israel has already warned that the Iranians are using the rounds of negotiations to win time to advance their uranium enrichment to the stage of acquiring a nuclear weapon,” he said.
Japan's top diplomat on Tuesday reiterated Tokyo's concern over a strike on Iran's nuclear programme in an interview published as he began a two-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Japan is very concerned over the Iranian nuclear issue," Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba told the top-selling Yediot Aharonot daily, in remarks translated into Hebrew.
"The international community, including Japan, is putting unprecedented pressure on Iran, and the renewal of talks between the world powers and Iran is a result of this pressure," he said.