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Germany has told Israel it is ready to back new tougher sanctions on Iran.

The assurance came during an official visit by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Berlin.

On a tour of the Holocaust museum, Netanyahu praised Germany for how it has confronted its Nazi past. Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Israel can count on Germany’s support in the future when it comes to Iran’s supposed nuclear threat. She told a press conference:

We’ve made it clear on the German side that if Iran doesn’t change its stance, we will cooperate on comprehensive sanctions

Merkel added that she hoped to do this within the framework of the United Nations, but that if that wasn’t possible, Germany will join other countries in strengthening sanctions without the UN.

Of six major powers trying to get Iran to halt its nuclear activity, China opposes new sanctions for now. Iran still insists its programme is for nuclear energy and not weapons.