Cameron Says Israel Should Not Attack Iran

Published March 16, 2012.
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There is no current justification for an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview with NBC, adding that the international community still has time to pressure Tehran through sanctions and diplomatic channels.

Cameron’s comments to NBC came following remarks made by an aide to Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who said that Iran would be willing to be more transparent about its nuclear activities in exchange for more “cooperation” with the West.

However, referring to the prospect of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Mohammad Javad Larijani said: “Here I want to copy the wording of [U.S.] President [Barack] Obama,” Larijani said, adding: “Every possibility is on the table.”

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to objections voiced by such western leaders as U.S. President Barack Obama to Israeli action on Iran, saying that Israel had disregarded American warnings in the past.

Speaking to NBC’s Brian Williams, Cameron reiterated his opposition to an Israeli strike, saying that he didn’t “think as we stand today that military action by Israel would be justified.”

I don’t think the Israelis should take that action now. We told them they shouldn’t and said we wouldn’t support it if they did. We’ve been very clear,” Cameron said.

For more, go to Haaretz.com


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