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Israel pushing for more sanctions against Iran

April 16, 2024 at 11:55 am

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Israel, H.E. Israel Katz attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem on February 17, 2019 [SEBASTIAN SCHEINER/AFP via Getty Images]

Israel’s foreign minister announced on Tuesday that he was urging countries to place sanctions on Iran’s missile programme and proscribe its Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation after Iran’s first-ever direct attack on Israel, Reuters reports.

“Alongside the military response to the firing of missiles and drones, I am leading a diplomatic attack against Iran,” Foreign Minister Israel Katz posted on social media.

Katz confirmed he sent letters to 32 countries and spoke with numerous counterparts, calling on them to: “Place sanctions on Iran’s missile project and declare the Revolutionary Guard a terror organisation, as a way to stop and weaken Iran.”

“We must stop Iran now, before it will be too late.”

Israel has said it would respond to Iran’s weekend missile and drone attack amid calls for restraint by allies anxious to avoid an escalation of conflict in the Middle East.

The Group of Seven major democracies were already working on a package of coordinated measures against Iran, according to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

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