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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Monday for an immediate embargo on Iran’s energy sector, saying the United Nations Security Council should be sidestepped if it cannot agree on the move.

Netanyahu told foreign Jewish leaders, “This is what is required now. It may not do the job, but nothing else will, and at least we will have known that it was tried. And if this cannot pass in the Security Council, then it should be done outside the Security Council, but immediately.”

Iran’s uranium enrichment, in defiance of several rounds of Security Council sanctions, has spurred world powers to consider tougher diplomatic measures, against the backdrop of threatened military action by Israel as a last resort.

Iran, the world’s fifth-largest oil exporter, says its uranium enrichment is for peaceful energy needs. But the fierce anti-Israel rhetoric from Tehran and threats of Israeli military action have stirred fears of a regional war. (Haaretz)

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