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U.S. rejects Israel's call to attack Iran

08 November 2010 [11:45] - TODAY.AZ
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to ask the US to threaten Iran with a military operation to stop its civilian nuclear program, Washington rejects Tel Aviv's call.

"I would disagree that only a credible military threat (would convince) Iran to take the actions it needs to end its nuclear weapons program," US Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters on Monday.

According to Gates, non-military action and sanctions against the Islamic Republic are enough to pressure Iran to end its nuclear program. He made the remarks a day after the Israeli premier told Washington that only a credible threat of military action will halt Iran's nuclear plans.

"The only way to make sure that Iran does not arm itself with nuclear weapons is to create a credible threat of a military operation against it if it does not cease the race for nuclear armament," the office of Netanyahu said on Sunday.

The statement comes while Iran has repeatedly said it does not possess nor does is seek to acquire nuclear weapons.

/Press TV/

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