Tuesday, December 18, 2012

US poised for action on Iranian nuclear program

From JPost, 18 Dec 2012, by REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF:
Vice prime minister [Moshe Yaalon] says US effort on Iran issue has resumed since reelection of Obama, suggesting cautious optimism for international resolution of deadlock; Barak: determined to stop Iran becoming a nuclear power.
PM Netanyahu, Deputy PM Yaalon
"Bibi" Netanyahu and "Boogie" Yaalon - Photo: Reuters

US-led efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program have resumed since President Barack Obama's re-election and include preparation for possible military action, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday.
The remarks by Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon suggested cautious optimism at prospects for an international resolution to the decade-old standoff with Tehran, though Israel says it remains ready to attack its arch-foe alone as a last resort.
Ya'alon told Army Radio on Tuesday that Israel knew there would be no movement on the issue before the US election in November, but had expected renewed effort after the vote.
"And indeed it has been renewed," he said, adding that the Iran issue is "still our top priority."
He cited contacts among the United States, Russia, France, China, Britain and Germany and Iran about holding new nuclear negotiations, ongoing sanctions against Iran, "and preparations, mainly American for now, for the possibility that military force will have to be used"....
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