Israel threatens force over Iran nuclear standoff

4 February 2010 JERUSALEM – Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe
Yaalon raised on Wednesday the possibility of using force to stop Iran
from developing nuclear weapons, something Tehran vehemently denies it
is seeking.

“Iran’s plan will probably be stopped by a regime change or, if
there is no other choice, by a recourse to force to deprive Iran of its
nuclear arms production capabilities,” Yaalon told a security conference
in Herzliya, northern Israel.

“It is important to continue to make clear to the extremist regime
in Iran that all options remain on the table and that ignoring the
demands of the international community will probably end in bitter tears
for Iran,” he added.

Yaalon also called on the international community to impose even
harsher sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.

Iran is already under three sets of sanctions imposed by the United
Nations Security Council for its refusal to stop enriching uranium, a
process that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors but also fissile
material for an atomic bomb.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad raised
the possibility Tehran might come to an agreement with world powers over
its enrichment programme.

“It is important to make Iran understand that the leaders of the
international community are determined to the point of putting thi… >>>

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