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The Israeli call for military threat against Iran,rejected by Gates


US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.-- file photo

MELBOURNE:The suggestion by Israel’s prime minister calling for a “credible” military threat against Iran to make sure that it does not obtain nuclear weapons is rejected by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Monday.

Gates told while in an interview with reporters on a visit to Australia for security talks.
“We know that they are concerned about the impact of the sanctions. The sanctions are biting more deeply than they anticipated and we are working very hard at this,”

“So I would disagree that only a credible military threat can get Iran to take the actions it needs to end its nuclear weapons programme.”

“We are prepared to do what is necessary but at this point we continue to believe that the political-economic approach that we taking is in fact having an impact in Iran.”

Earlier on Sunday a senior Israeli official said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested US Vice President Joe Biden that only a “credible” threat of military action would stop Iran from developing the atomic bomb.

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