Talks between Iran and world powers will not lead Teheran to stop its nuclear program, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

Barak also expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of sanctions on Iran.

“The time we have left for facing Iran is not a matter of weeks, but it’s not a matter of a few years, either,” the defense minister warned.

According to Barak, Iran and Hezbollah are backing Syrian President Bashar Assad. Teheran does not want Assad’s regime to fall, because that would “harm the radical axis they lead,” he explained.

At the same time, Barak said Assad’s fall is inevitable.

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