Israel warns against misreading threats to attack Iran
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Last Updated: Friday, November 06, 2009, 19:04
Jerusalem: Israel has discarded claims that it is "bluffing" in issuing threats that it will carry out military strikes against Iran to foil the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions.

"The one who's bluffing is Iran, which is trying to play with cards they don't have," Israel's deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told the Sky News.

"All the bravado that we see and the testing and the very dangerous and harsh rhetoric is hiding a lot of weaknesses," Ayalon asserted speaking to the British TV station.

The Israeli minister called Iran's tactics in dealing with international powers "a method of stalling". "If Iranian behaviour and conduct continues as they have exhibited so far, it is obvious that their intentions are only to buy time and procrastinate," he said.

Ayalon's remarks came a week after the international community proposed a draft nuclear deal that would have seen much of Iran's uranium shipped abroad for enrichment.

Iran has demanded changes to the draft, but has not yet given its final response.

Meanwhile, local media today quoted The Guardian as reporting that the United Nations nuclear watchdog has asked Iran to explain evidence suggesting that its scientists have experimented with an advanced nuclear warhead design.

The newspaper, citing what it describes as "previously unpublished documentation" from an International Atomic Energy Agency compiled dossier, said Iranian scientists may have tested high-explosive components of a "two-point implosion" device.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, November 06, 2009, 19:04

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