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Netanyahu Will Ask Russia for Tougher Sanctions on Iran

Iran’s announcement that it is making higher-grade nuclear fuel is unacceptable according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  He will go to Russia on Monday to speak with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about imposing tougher sanctions on Iran. “Israel believes that heavy pressure must be applied on Iran — above all very severe sanctions, which were referred to by the U.S. secretary of state as crippling sanctions,” Netanyahu said. Israel is the believed to be the only nuclear power in the Middle East, but the country has yet to confirm it has nuclear weapons.

 The U.S., Britain, France, and Germany are leading the charge for the U.N. to pose new sanctions against Iran. Some of the proposed sanctions include banning certain Iranians from traveling, blacklisting many of Iran’s banks and companies, and imposing an arms imports ban. Russia does not appear to oppose a new round of sanctions, but China remains potentially hostile to any new U.N. backed action against Iran.

 The Russian and Israeli meeting comes as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to arrive in the Middle East to find support for more sanctions against Iran.  

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