A nuclear Iran would generate an arms race, not only among the states in the area, but among terrorist organizations as well.
Joint press conference by FM Tzipi Livni with EU High Representative Solana (July 18, 2007):
When it comes to the Iranian issue, I would like to reiterate our understanding of the need to enhance the sanctions in the Security Council. We believe that the Iranians are trying to gain more time in talking with the international community. Mr. Solana will also, I am sure, relate to his meetings with Larijani [secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Council]. In fact, we believe that the determination of the international community can effect a change and that it means something to the Iranians; the world cannot afford a nuclear Iran.
So, this is a joint effort of the international community. The need to get everyone on board in the Security Council led sometimes in the past to some compromises regarding the nature of the sanctions, but it is not too late and we have not passed the point of no return. There is no such point. We would like to see determination on the part of the international community on this, and we shared our ideas.
On July 4, 2007, during her visit to Paris, FM Tzipi Livni addressed the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly:
On the subject of Iran, Ms. Tzipi Livni stressed the fact that the world cannot allow itself to allow Iran to hold nuclear weapons, and would therefore have to exert pressure in order to prevent it from doing so. The French position, which is quite firm on this point, is highly valued in Israel. France has been able to translate its perception of the gravity of the situation into a clear international position, by contrast to other political leaders, who too often take uncompromising positions, but fail to give them any external manifestation.
All of Iran’s neighbors favor the position adopted by the international community; the latter, however, will have to avoid any hesitation, which could be interpreted as a sign of weakness. A nuclear Iran would generate an arms race, not only among the states in the area, but among terrorist organizations as well.
FM Livni indicated that the question of the solidity of the present Iranian regime had been asked at the same time as the UN Security Council discussions with regard to the implementation of sanctions. At the time, Russia had considered that the application of sanctions would be pointless, as demonstrated by the limited efficacy of this policy in the case of North Korea. Several voices had spoken out in support of that opinion, considering that, in any event, the Iranian authorities were not taking public opinion into account and were determined to follow their policy to the bitter end.
Today, the policy conducted by the Iranian leaders is truly intolerable. Not only are they not prepared to abandon their desire to possess atomic weapons; they have also publicly expressed their support of the destruction of another state – a position which is unacceptable for any member of the international community. The Minister added that the initial invitations to dialogue had actually only been aimed at gaining time, until the nations of the world found themselves at a point of no return.
In this context, Ms. Tzipi Livni declared that the implementation of sanctions had considerable significance, especially to the extent that this decision would enable the addressing of a clear message to the Iranian leaders. She expressed a wish for the adoption of a new resolution which would establish new, more stringent sanctions. Unfortunately, the means and procedures for the adoption of such measures, which require a unanimous vote by the Security Council, are helping to weaken the range of the sanctions decided upon. Compromises are arising which adversely affect the efficacy of these sanctions – as indicated, for example, by the present impossibility of listing the Guardians of the Revolution among the terrorist organizations to which sanctions may be applied. She concluded by pointing out that important decisions will have to be made in the course of time and recalling that certain states have already decided to adopt additional sanctions against Iran, on a bilateral basis.
Ms. Tzipi Livni added that, when a leader announces so clearly that he has the intention of destroying Israel and that, at the same time, he is on the point of acquiring nuclear weapons, there are real reasons for concern.