Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti stood behind Europe’s imposition of sanctions against Iran, saying they are “inflicting pain” against the country which has chosen to continue with its nuclear program rather than put an end to international critique and ostracism.

Speaking during a visit to Jerusalem alongside Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Monti said “Israel’s security is Europe’s security,” adding that  “threatening Israel is unacceptable, nor is the denial of the Holocaust.”

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Last week the EU ramped up its sanctions against Iran in financel, trade, transport and energy.

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