The global campaign of imposing sanctions against Iran has so far failed to halt Tehran’s controversial nuclear drive, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.
He said the Iranian regime is struggling financially but has strengthened its political grip following the recent parliamentary elections.
Although the United States and much of the West also believe Iran is seeking a militarized nuclear capability, they have called for time to allow biting sanctions to take effect.
So far, the UN Security Council has imposed four sets of sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear activities, while the US and Europe have also imposed their own raft of unilateral economic sanctions.
Iran has consistently denied that its nuclear program is aimed at making atomic weapons.
But on Monday it said it would not be swayed from its nuclear “path” by sanctions, a week before it is due to hold key talks with world powers over the controversial drive.
Israel, the sole if undeclared nuclear power in the Middle East, and the United States have both threatened military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities if diplomacy and sanctions fail to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions.