Wednesday Nov 09, 201101:12 PM GMT
'Iran N-program, Obama litmus test'
Wed Nov 9, 2011 1:14PM
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Shaul Mofaz
An Israeli official says that Iran's nuclear program is the ultimate litmus test for US President Barak Obama's foreign policy.


Shaul Mofaz, a member of Kadima - the largest political party in the Israeli parliament - said on Tuesday that the United States must do everything within its power to stop Iran, Arutz Sheva reported.

"This is the acid test of the Obama foreign policy. The time has come to put an end to Iran's nuclear aspirations. It is up to the US administration to get the job done," Mofaz stated during a speech to the heads of Jewish Federations in Denver, Colorado.

He added, "It's time to deepen economic sanctions on Iran, to its intellectual institutions and its critical economic engines."

Mofaz stressed that "Israeli military action is the last option - and worst - at the moment, but all options should remain on the table."

Over the past weeks, the US and the Israeli regime has renewed their aggressive rhetoric against Iran. Israeli President Shimon Peres threatened on Nov. 6 that an attack against the Islamic Republic is becoming "more and more likely."

Israel, which is widely believed to possess over 300 atomic warheads, also test fired a new long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. This three-stage Jericho-3 missile which is capable of delivering a 750-kilo warhead to a distance, is estimated to have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers.

Paradoxically, the new nuke-capable missile, which can target many parts of the globe, is not considered a threat in the eyes of the West.

The Unites States -- the first and only country to have used nuclear weapons against another nation -- has also allocated a new budget to its military nuclear program, despite alleged commitment to a nuclear-free world and promises to reduce its nuclear stockpile.

While Israel refuses to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity, Iran is a signatory to the NPT and has been subjected to snap International Atomic Energy Agency inspections due to its policy of nuclear transparency.

Iranian officials have promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.

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