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Israel calls for more sanctions on Iran during NATO summit

“Our enemy is also yours,” Israel Kats told NATO members, referring to Iran’s view that current sanctions against Tehran are insufficient and calls for new “crippling” measures.

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The Israeli foreign minister, who is in Washington for the NATO summit, insisted on the need to impose new sanctions on Iran, during meetings with his counterparts from the United States, Germany and Canada.

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“Our enemy is also yours. The Iranian missiles and drones that threaten us are delivered to Russia and they threaten you as well,” Israel Katz said, according to a statement from the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Katz met on Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly.

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Katz is expected to meet with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and other foreign ministers on Wednesday.

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According to Katz’s office, Israel’s main objective at the summitfocused primarily on supporting Ukraine, is calling for sanctions that are “crippling” for Iran and, although the The Iranian Revolutionary Guard will be declared a terrorist organization.

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Following Iran’s attack with hundreds of drones and missiles against Israel in April, countries such as the United States and Canada, as well as the European Union (EU), announced new sanctions against the Iranian government.

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The Israeli authorities, however, consider these insufficient measuresfrequently recalling that instability in the region is part of an Iranian conspiracy to destroy the State of Israel.

NATO’s 32 heads of state and government began their summit in Washington on Tuesday with a Ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Alliance.The host of the meeting, US President Joe Biden, announced a significant reinforcement of Ukraine’s air defence by the allies.

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The leaders will begin the working sessions of this summit on Wednesday with the aim of strengthening their deterrence and defence policy and, on Thursday, they will participate in a NATO-Ukraine Council, as well as in a meeting with Pacific partners, in which they will address the challenge currently posed by China.

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Source: Observadora

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