Italian FM: Israel Risks Global Isolation With Attack on Iran [View all]
By Flavia Rotondi and Andrew Frye - Oct 11, 2012 7:00 PM ET
Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi urged continued pressure on Iran through sanctions and said Israel risks becoming a diplomatic outcast if it follows through on threats to carry out military strikes.
Terzi, speaking in an interview yesterday, said Europe was prepared to enforce tighter trade restrictions to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions and disputed that an Israeli attack would deter Iran from developing an atomic weapon.
“It would not be decisive in terms of bringing to zero the nuclear military program,” Terzi told Bloomberg Television from his offices in Rome. “It could also have consequences in global terms in international diplomacy, the kind of isolation that it could provoke for Israel itself.”
Iranians have suffered a surge in the cost of living as Europe and the U.S. check oil output and cut off the flow of hard currencies. Spiralling inflation has put pressure on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who says his nuclear program is peaceful.