The international community should announce right away that its diplomatic engagement with Iran is over, and that its patience with Iran is wearing thin, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Sunday.
In an interview with Israel Radio, Ayalon said the world should tell Iran that the time for diplomacy has passed. “The international community should announce the diplomatic process with Iran a failure, today,” said Ayalon. “It needs to be made clear that if they don’t halt their nuclear program all options will be on the table, and not just on Israel’s part.”
When asked how long the Iranians should have to cease their nuclear development, Ayalon responded: “Within weeks.”
Negotiations between the six world powers, known as the P5+1, and Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program broke down in July after failing to reach agreements about Tehran’s uranium enrichment and international oversight of its nuclear program, which Iran claims is meant for peaceful purposes and the West believes is aimed at developing weapons.
P5+1 participants have said they believe Iran’s participation in the diplomatic contacts indicates that it is feeling the pressure of sanctions, but there have been no signs of sanctions or other pressures directly impacting Iran’s nuclear program.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week that sanctions have not shifted the Iranian nuclear drive “one iota.” One of his deputies, Silvan Shalom, said Sunday that there was still time for sanctions to have a substantive impact.