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Israel Urges “Greater Force” On Iran’s Nuclear Work, “Devious Goals”

November 17, 2008

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called on Sunday for a stronger international campaign against Iran‘s nuclear programme to “thwart it with greater force.”

“We must increase our measures to prevent Iran from achieving its devious goals,” Olmert said in a speech to Jewish leaders in Jerusalem. “Iran cannot become nuclear. Israel cannot afford it … the free world must not accept it.

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attends the weekly cabinet ... 
Olmert (Gali Tibbon/Pool/Reuters)

“We must unite our forces as part of the international community, led by the United States of America. We must confront Iran’s malevolent diligence and thwart it with greater force.”

Israel and the West fear Iran may be using its nuclear programme to develop a nuclear weapon, which the Jewish state sees as a potential threat to its existence. Iran says its atomic programme is solely for energy purposes.

Israel is widely believed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal, although it has never confirmed nor denied it.

Israel has backed Western economic sanctions against Iran but has said it is keeping all options on the table in its bid to halt Iran’s nuclear programme.

Israeli leaders have voiced concern about U.S. President-elect Barack Obama’s stated readiness to seek dialogue either alongside or instead of sanctions as a method of persuading Iran to change its policies.

“Iran has not terminated its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Olmert said.

He also accused the Islamic Republic of continuing to fund Palestinian militants and gunmen in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Olmert called for further sanctions against Iran, saying: “It must become more costly to Iran to pursue nuclear weapons than to give it up.”

Olmert resigned as prime minister in September in the heat of a corruption investigation, but is staying on as caretaker prime minister until a new Israeli government can be formed after a February 10 election.

(Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Janet Lawrence of Reuters)

Israel urges US not to rule out military option in Iran

November 8, 2008

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Friday issued a thinly veiled call for the United States not to rule out the possibility of a military strike against Iran because of its nuclear ambitions.

“We don’t rule out any option. We recommend others don’t rule out any option either,” Barak told journalists after talks with visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

“We are convinced that Iran continues to try to obtain a nuclear weapon and continues to cheat everybody by holding negotiations on the control of such weapons,” Barak said.

Tehran denies it wants nuclear weapons, and says its atomic project is puirely peaceful.


A U.S. air force pilot boards a F-16 fighter jet at Graf Ignatievo ...
Above: A pilot boards an F-16. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

No Consensus on How to Solve Somali Pirate Problem

October 18, 2008

Fox News
Despite international outrage at the persistence of piracy in the waters off Somalia, there appears to be no consensus yet on how to deal with the problem.

The varying approaches were underscored this week when a South Korea shipping company decided to pay the ransom that one band of pirates had demanded in exchange for freeing a ship on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a stalemate remains in the most prominent hijacking, in which Somali pirates took over a Ukranian ship carrying Russian-built tanks and other weapons.

U.S. and Russian warships have those pirates cornered, but the forces have yet to take action. The pirates had warned they would blow up the ship unless a ransom is paid, but have yet to follow through on the threat.

The case of a hijacked Panama-flagged cargo ship, on the other hand, ended Tuesday in a violent resolution when soldiers from a semiautonomous region of Somalia moved in.

“When we reached where the pirates had anchored their ship they started firing at us and hit our ship,” Operation Commander Abdirahshid Abdirahin Ismail said, according to an Associated Press translation.

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Dalai Lama urges China to stop using force as several killed in Tibet

March 14, 2008

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – The Dalai Lama said Friday he was “deeply concerned” over the situation in Tibet and appealed to China to “stop using force” several people were killed in the biggest protests against Chinese rule in two decades.

Tibetan Buddhist monks walk past police cars near Labrang Monastery, ...
Tibetan Buddhist monks walk past police cars near Labrang Monastery, Gansu Province. Gunfire was heard in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, according to the US embassy who citied several reports from American citizens.(AFP/Mark Ralston)

“I am deeply concerned over the situation that has been developing in Tibet following peaceful protests in many parts of Tibet, including Lhasa, in recent days,” Tibet’s exiled Buddhist spiritual leader said in a statement from India.

“These protests are a manifestation of the deep-rooted resentment of the Tibetan people under the present governance,” said the Nobel peace laureate.

“I therefore appeal to the Chinese leadership to stop using force and address the long-simmering resentment of the Tibetan people through dialogue with the Tibetan people.”

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Nepali police charge at demonstrating Tibetan monks and protesters with batons at Baudha in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu March 14, 2008. The Tibetan refugees residing in Nepal were showing their solidarity with the demonstrating Tibetans in China. Shops were set on fire in violence in Tibet’s capital of Lhasa on Friday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported after days of rare street protests in the contested region.
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