Barak: West must unite with Russia, China against Iran
Defense Minister tells Bloomberg that differences over human rights, missile deployment 'not as urgent.'
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has called on Western powers to set aside their differences with China and Russia to create a united stance against Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons, in an interview published Thursday with Bloomberg.com.
"The triad of nuclear proliferation, radical Muslim terror, and rogue states, epitomized in the Iran case, can be defeated only through a paradigm shift in international relationships," Barak told Bloomberg during the interview.
Barak said that U.S. and European concern over Russian military presence in Chechnya and Chinese human rights violations was proving an obstacle to unified action against Iran's nuclear program.
He also told Bloomberg that the U.S. should rethink its plan to deploy missiles in Eastern Europe considering Moscow's opposition to such a move."The other issues are not as urgent," he said in the interview.
"The time for sanctions is still there, but it is short... The way I see to make it effective is to cut through the psychological obstacles about cooperating with Russia and China and open a new discourse."