Intel head: Iran believes chance of attack on it is low

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March 14, 2013 13:02

 
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Iran is facing growing economic and domestic pressure due to international sanctions on it, but Tehran believes that the chances of a military strike on its nuclear program is low, IDF Military intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi told the Herzliya Conference on Thursday.

Kochavi said Iran was facing growing economic strains due to the sanctions, including oil exports that have nearly halved, a 60 percent inflation rate, and rising unemployment. "The vehicle [manufacturing] sector, which is the largest sector in the Iranian economy, dropped by 60%," Kochavi said. The regime is facing growing domestic criticism due to the economic pressure, he added.

"I believe the weight from the sanctions is becoming an increasingly decisive element in the Iranian decision making process, but it has not yet caused them to change their [nuclear] policy," he said.

"We believe Iran will continue to develop its nuclear program, and intelligently deal with pressure from the street and the international community," he said. "The regime believes there is not a high probability for an attack on it," he said.

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