Netanyahu asks Ashton to confront Iran on missile shipment
Israel`s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday asked EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to?question Iranian leaders about the recently seized arms shipment from Iran to militants in Gaza during her visit to Tehran.
Jerusalem: Israel`s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday asked EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to question Iranian leaders about the recently seized arms shipment from Iran to militants in Gaza during her visit to Tehran.
"I would like to ask her if she asked her hosts in Tehran about weapons deliveries to terror organisations, and if she didn`t ask, why?" Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting here.
"Nobody has the right to ignore the true and murderous actions of the regime in Tehran. I think that it would be proper for the international community to give its opinion regarding Iran`s true policy, not its propaganda," the Israeli Premier said as Israel prepared to launch a fresh diplomatic offensive against Iran`s nuclear programme.
Ashton arrived in Tehran yesterday on a two-day visit, the first by an EU foreign policy chief since 2008.
She said that the discussions with Iranian leadership would cover a wide range of issues, including bilateral ties and regional conflicts.
Israel on Wednesday claimed to have captured a Iranian weapons ship Klos C ferrying Syrian-made M-302 rockets bound for the Gaza Strip in a mid-sea raid not far from the Port of Sudan.
Urging the international community to re-think about its engagement with Iran, Netanyahu said that the arms shipment "expose Iran`s real face."
Israel today started to prepare for a public display of the cargo, said to include advanced rockets, hoping to pressure world powers as they negotiate with Tehran.
Iran and Hamas rulers of Gaza have denied any connection to the shipment.