Iran Threatens Israel as New Sanctions Close In

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised his Turkish counterparts on Tuesday that "we will breach the Gaza blockade."

Ahmadinejad traveled to Turkey to attend the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, hosted by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Everyone should know that the relations between the two countries are friendly, brotherly, and deep-rooted today and that the two countries will stand side by side till the end of the line," Ahmadinejad said.

"The future of the two countries is bright and their victory campaign against the oppressors is near, after which we will all attend the celebrations for our victory," he said.

Earlier, Ahmadinejad told a French television station that the confrontation that took place on the Turkish flotilla's flagship "shows that it [Israel] has no room in the region and no one is ready to live alongside it."

"[We] will change many issues in the world and mark the final countdown for Israel's existence," Ahmadinejad said.

Meanwhile, hours before the U.N. Security Council's scheduled vote Wednesday morning on a new set of sanctions against the Iranian nuclear program, U.S., Russian and French diplomats said Iran's proposed swap of eniched uranium for reactor fuel would leave enough uranium to enrich for the production of nuclear weapons. 

The response effectively stalled further negotiations on the exchange, the diplomats told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters on Tuesday that Iran will be facing the toughest sanctions to date.

"I think it's fair to say these are the most significant sanctions that Iran has ever faced," Clinton told the press in Quito, Ecuador.

"The amount of unity that has been engendered by the international community is very significant," she said

Nine of the council's 15 members must vote in favor of the measure for it to pass.

The five permanent members - China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States - are expected to support the resolution, while Turkey, Lebanon and Brazil are expected to reject it.

The other non-permanent members are Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovna, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, and Uganda. 

In London, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said if the resolution passes, it will pave the way for the U.S. and its allies to move forward with additional measures.

"The strategy here is a combination of diplomacy and pressure to persuade the Iranians that they are headed in the wrong direction in terms of their own security - that they will undermine their security by pursuit of nuclear weapons, not enhance it," Gates said.

The new resolution more than doubles the number of companies and organizations that will be affected by the sanctions.

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 AP contributed to this report.

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