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Israeli Defense Minister Leaves 'All Options' On Table With Iran


Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said "all options to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons should remain on the table," a reference to a possible Israel attack on the Islamic republic.

Speaking in Jerusalem before The Foreign Press Association on April 30, the defense minister said the recent resumption of international talks on Iran’s nuclear program did not "fill [him] with confidence" and warned that "Israel cannot afford to be duped."

He said Iran is "getting closer" to attaining nuclear weapons and Israel must control its own fate.

Israel considers Iran a threat to its existence because Iranian leaders frequently call for the destruction of Israel and support violent anti-Israeli groups in the region.

Western governments have imposed tough economic sanctions on Tehran over suspicions that it is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, which it denies.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa
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