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Israel backs efforts being made at the UN Security Council regarding sanctions against Iran, and opposes any compromise solutions that will allow Tehran to further its nuclear ambitions, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday.

"The diplomatic effort to block Iran's nuclear program is being led by the international community. The nuclear test carried out by North Korea serves to highlight the need for urgent, determined, intensive and united handling by the international community," the prime minister said.

Olmert held a special meeting yesterday on the diplomatic efforts to block Iran's nuclear program, with the participation of senior ministers and representatives of the defense establishment.

the main purpose of the meeting, according to one of the participants, was to ensure that all relevant bodies worked in a coordinated fashion.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office, Israel will maintain its "low profile" stance on the Iranian issue, and will insist that the Iranian nuclear program is a threat to the international community and not just to Israel.

Israel also sees the recent North Korean nuclear test as an opportunity to step up the pressure on Iran.

Olmert travels to Moscow next week, and will discuss Russia's refusal to authorize sanctions against Iran with President Vladimir Putin.