The US plans to implement a series of steps directed at Iran, in an effort to avert an Israeli strike and to push Tehran to taken nuclear talks more seriously, The New York Times reported Sunday.

According to the report, steps include naval exercises and new antimissile systems in the Persian Gulf, as well as a harsher clamp down on Iranian oil revenue.

"The administration is also considering new declarations by President Obama about what might bring about American military action, as well as covert activities that have been previously considered and rejected," the Times reported. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for the world to set down a clear "red line" so Tehran feels its determination.

“The international community is not setting a clear red line, and Iran does not see international determination to stop its nuclear program,” he said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report

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