February 6th, 2012
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Obama rejects claims of Israel attack on Iran

Barrack Obama on Israel attack on IranWashington: President Barack Obama rejected the earlier claims that Israel was planning to attack Iran over the controversial nuclear programme which escalated tensions in the Middle East.

“The United States is working in lockstep with Israel to solve the crisis, hopefully diplomatically. I don’t think that Israel has made a decision on what they need to do,” Obama said during a pre-Super Bowl interview with NBC television.

He stated that an attack ultimately would only strengthen the regime in Tehran. “Any kind of additional military activity inside the Gulf is disruptive and has a big effect on us. It could have a big effect on oil prices. We’ve still got troops in Afghanistan, which borders Iran,” Obama said.

When asked whether he feared that Iran would counter attack US he said, “We don’t see any evidence that they have those intentions or capabilities right now.” Obama said Iran is feeling the pinch of sanctions but Israel is rightfully worried about its security.

A few days back an article written by the columnist David Ignatius, who specializes in intelligence matters created panic in the Middle East. As per the article US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, is said to have told the journalist in an exclusive interview that Israel would strike Iran most probably in April, May or June.

This news is said to have sparked real concern among some world leaders who claim to be worried about the possibility and the effects of a border war that could disrupt the world economy. Israel government however, has not yet made any official declarations regarding an impending war though they have not been discreet in expression their displeasure in Iran’s nuclear policy. Iran meanwhile persistently reiterates that its nuclear pursuits are for peaceful civilian purposes.


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