Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor urged that sanctions against Iran should be maintained, saying the country was still demonstrably pursuing a nuclear weapons capability.
In a speech during the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on “The Situation in the Middle East” on Tuesday, Prosor said that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is merely the new face of an old regime.
“Rouhani is like the emperor with new clothes — cloaking himself as a moderate when, in fact, Iranian radicalism remains clear to the naked eye,” he said.
Prosor pointed out that there are 17 countries peacefully producing nuclear energy without the uranium enrichment or plutonium production that Iran is insisting on.
Talks earlier this month between Iran and world powers centered on convincing Tehran to give up its uranium enrichment and plutonium production in return for an easing of severe international sanctions placed on the Islamic republic.
The pressure from the sanctions is achieving results, Prosor said, and urged that they be maintained.
“Any sort of partial deal will be completely ineffective in containing the Iranian threat,” he said. “You don’t need a PhD in physics to know that pressure works.”
Prosor also addressed the Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons against its own citizens. The ambassador noted that many in the international community had been convinced that no country would ever use weapons of mass destruction.
“Turns out, you can’t apply rational thinking to irrational actors,” he said. “We cannot trust that a regime that [goes to] bed with Iran and Hezbollah isn’t lying when it commits itself to eliminating its deadly arsenal.”
Prosor also called on the Palestinians to end incitement against Israel.
“The time has come for the Palestinian leadership to clearly and unequivocally condemn violence and terrorism,” he said. “The time has come to stop poisoning the minds of Palestinian children. The time has come to start teaching tolerance, mutual respect, and coexistence. After all, the next peace agreement depends on the next generation wanting peace.”