Iran pulls back from nuclear bomb goal: Israeli defense minister


reuters.com

Iran has drawn back from its ambitions to build a nuclear weapon, Israel’s defense minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday, while warning that his country may still have to decide next year whether to launch a military strike against it.

Tehran denies its nuclear work has any military dimensions but governments in Europe and the United States are increasingly concerned over its intentions.

Diplomacy and successive rounds of economic sanctions have so far failed to end the decade-old row, raising fears of Israeli military action against its arch-enemy.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that an immediate crisis was avoided when Iran chose to use more than a third of its medium-enriched uranium for civilian purposes earlier this year.

He told the paper that the decision “allows contemplating delaying the moment of truth by eight to ten months”.

“There could be at least three explanations. One is the public discourse about a possible Israeli or American operation deterred them from trying to come closer,” he said.

“It could probably be a diplomatic gambit that they have launched in order to avoid this issue culminating before the American election, just to gain some time. It could be a way of telling the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) ‘oh we comply with our commitments’.”

Analysts say Iran already has enough low-enriched uranium for several nuclear bombs if it were refined to a high degree, but may still be a few years away from being able to assemble a missile if it decided to go down that path.

Western diplomats say Iran appears to have nearly finished installing centrifuges at an underground nuclear plant, potentially boosting its capacity to make weapons-grade uranium if it chose to do so.

Asked by the British newspaper whether, if Iran had not pulled back, the crisis would have peaked “about now”, Barak said: “Probably yes”. He added however that he believed Iran was still resolved to build nuclear weapons.

“We all agree that the Iranians are determined to turn into a military nuclear power and we all share the declaration that we are determined to prevent Iran from turning nuclear and all options are on the table,” he was quoted as saying.

“We mean it – we expect others to mean it as well. So it’s not something just about us. But we, for obvious reasons, see the Iranian threat in much more concrete terms.”

He said Israel reserved the right to act alone.

“When it comes to the very core of our security interests and, in a way, the future of Israel, we cannot delegate the responsibility for making decisions even into the hands of our most trusted and trustworthy ally,” he told the Telegraph.

“It doesn’t mean that we would be sorry if the Iranians come to the conclusion on their own. The opposite is true. But, if no one acts, we will have to contemplate action.”

  1. #1 by sea on October 31, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    Take all the sanctions on Iran, and put them on Israel.

  2. #2 by Naeem on October 31, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    This means obama slapped down these demons but that doesn’t stop these monsters ,when you don’t expect an attack expect an attack.

  3. #3 by annebeck58 on October 31, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    What?
    Now they say Iran has drawn back or changed course- Iran is not (actually) building nuclear bombs? What is this?
    Are they now preparing to save face? Is this their cover for when they bomb the you-know-what out of Iran and, like in Iraq, find nothing to bolster their case for unending war there? No need to say, “oops” when it;s found that Iran was never building bombs?

    Was this comment approved by Bibi?
    (Yes, I remember the post..)

  4. #4 by Mark Goodman. on October 31, 2012 - 10:13 pm

    How more ‘typically’ Jewish can this Zionist assertion be! These indescribable creatures make futuristic statements against Iran such as likely, percentage, potential, want’s to (make a nuclear bomb), intends to, is close to, etc. The Reality is that the Jewish Zionist oppressive creatures HAVE numerous nuclear devices. They HAVE killed hundreds of thousands of INNOCENT men, women and children, They HAVE invaded sovereign nations, and they HAVE committed terrorist atrocities on sovereign nations. They HAVE fooled other nations into their war mongering. The list goes on. NOW we read they are postponing their ‘RIGHT’ to retaliate. If these Zionist creatures were as ‘powerful’ as they claim, why delay implementing this ‘RIGHT’? Is it because you are incapable and incompetent?
    It took the ‘bright, intelligent, God’s chosen’ 2000 years to usurp Palestine as their ‘historic homeland’. Despite the centuries of wealth manipulation, theft from nations of everything that was not nailed down, creating massive wars between nations and so on. If this is what defines the Jews being God’s chosen people, then either the Jewish ‘God’ or the Jews are delusional. My bet is that it is the Jews who are caught up in their self-induced delusional superiority.
    Once all willing and unwilling participants realise the Jewish manipulations and withdraw their respective involvement and cooperation with these Zionist creatures, IsraHELL will cease to exist. Problem Solved. Peace eternal restored. Reality refocused.
    Let’s be realistic and call a spade a spade. It is and always has been these Zionist creatures who talk about war, terrorism, death and destruction. No other nation has focused on these issues for so long as they have. I guess as the saying goes, if you lay with dogs you get up with fleas. Cut your LOSSES world governments withdraw all and any involvement from these Zionist Creatures leaving them to shrivel up and die. Future generations will thank you and look upon you as heroes who have stood up to tyranny, oppression and injustice. Maybe this will be our face saving for sins of our past.

  5. #5 by annebeck58 on November 1, 2012 - 2:40 am

    ABSOLUTELY, Mark Goodman.
    Nothing more to say.
    Now if we can only convince our world-governments of what these people are, we’ll be set. Question is, how do we make the people of all nations wake up and finally SEE this?

  6. #6 by bob on November 1, 2012 - 4:32 am

    I have a better idea bysea, why not just apply the same standards/conditions/penalties to Israel that it asks to be placed on Iran? If Iran must comply with the NPT, then Israel must as well. If Iran must open all its most sensitive military sites to inspections, then so should Israel. If Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear “capability”, then neither can Israel. If non-compliance with UNSC resolutions means crippling sanctions for Iran, then violating UNSC resolutions should mean crippling sanctions for Israel (Israel is in violation of more UNSC resolutions than any other nation).

    In short, how about some honesty, integrity and fairness in the process? If you are not prepared to do that, then stop preaching about “the rule of law” and attempting to use the same UN you denigrate as “irrelevant” to pass resolutions which you ignore when passed against you to impose crippling sanctions on other people because you accuse them of THINKING about MAYBE developing precisely the same kind of weaponry you have already developed and deployed or for not comply with a treaty that you yourself refuse to be a party to.

    The Israelis (and the US) have no credibility at all when it comes to nuclear non-proliferation and for them to point fingers at anyone else is the height of hypocrisy. No rational objective person could take any of these protestations coming out of Tel Aviv and Washington as having anything at all to do with nuclear nonproliferation.

  7. #7 by annebeck58 on November 1, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    You’re right, Bob.
    Sadly, the hollow-cause is preventing the USA and all of the Western-world from truly looking at Israel. I don’t know how to make people see this as it truly is and I wish I had some great idea to awaken the masses.

    Iran attacks nobody. Yet Israel and the USA seem to think they are dangerous. What’s dangerous is US and IZ and it’s frustrating to be a part of this simply due to where I was born.

  8. #8 by SEARCHLIGHT on November 2, 2012 - 12:18 am

    The only way the LIERS would save face, as more and more people are waking up, to the understanding of how corrupt is the zionist rogue state of israhell, and also learnning that, supporting another war, by nations that have been financialy broken, by these criminals, are not willing to just jump back again n their war wagon, their Lies did not work as they hoped.
    I hope that our representative goverment would be turned up side down and get rid of all zionist that are still in congress and senate, however I know rhese criminals are masters of deception, and chances are that will never hapen unless is done by force. the power of the indoctrinating zionist media and all the traitors like rush limbough who is a zionist jew himself, savage and all the rest of them that are mking millions for ther treason to the nation that has fed them and gave them freedom, yet they have turned against it like judas did with JESUS CHRIST, for 30 silver pcs. they think they will find another nation like america. again. jes the jews who in hell will ever belivew these bastards once you become aware of all their transgretions against humanity, you know these parasites love to hate and live off the past, thay can’t be happy nor can they buy peace, and they know that, better than any body else.everything is running in God’s time calendar, and there is nothing any body can do untill our Lord permits it to hapen.

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