Barak: Iran not completing nukes out of fear of attack

March 22, 2012 11:35

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that Iran is not completing its proliferation of nuclear weapons due to the threat of military action against it.

"Iran fears actions against it" by the United States or "another actor," Barak told Israel Radio in a telephone interview from Germany, presumably referring to Israel.

The Islamic Republic, he said, has been working in recent years to reinforce and scatter its nuclear sites throughout the country in order to mitigate the damage a possible military strike against them.

Saying that Washington and Jerusalem are fully cooperating on the Iranian nuclear issue, the defense minister asserted that Israel cannot stand on the sidelines and allow itslf to lose its freedom of action in the Iranian theater.

Speaking in another interview Thursday morning, Barak told Army Radio that 2012 will be a decisive year regarding the Iranian nuclear threat.

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