Netanyahu urges military sanctions against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently urged the international community to place military sanctions on Iran because of the failure of economic measures to halt Tehran's progress towards developing a nuclear device.

Netanyahu did not specify what exact measures he envisioned in a statement released by the prime minister's office, according to

"I believe it is incumbent upon the international community to intensify the sanctions and clarify that if Iran continues its program, there will be military sanctions," Netanyahu said, reports. "I don't think there are any other means that will make Iran heed the international community's demands."

The prime minister's statements are his first since the two-day talks between Tehran and several world powers were held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Netanyahu has consistently and publicly said that only a credible military threat combined with tough economic measures has the potential to stop the Iranians from building a nuclear weapon, according to

In Almaty, the first round of negotiations between Iran and six of the world powers in eight months ended without any kind of breakthrough. The parties agreed to meet again at the expert level in Istanbul next month and to resume political discussion in Almaty on April 5.