Home front minister: US gets severity of Iran nuclear issue

December 21, 2011 12:57

The United States understands the true military threat posed by Iran's nuclear program and is on the same page with Israel regarding the severity of the issue, Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said Wednesday, according to Channel 10 news.

"The Americans are aware of the true intelligence and they understand that the Iranian threat is not something innocent, but something real," Vilnai said.

The home front defense minister was responding to a CNN interview of Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, who said the US recognized Israeli concerns about Iran's development of nuclear technology.

Vilnai said that the thinking in Washington was "different two years ago," and that the US position vis a vis Tehran's nuclear agenda mirrors the one held in Jerusalem.

The Iranian threat is "militant and nuclear and only the naive still believe it is peaceful," Vilnai said, adding that "[the US] completely understands this now."

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