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U.S.: Iran still not on nuclear cusp

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The U.S. assessment remains that Iran is not on the verge of achieving a nuclear weapon, U.S. officials said, pushing back against claims to the contrary by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

“We believe that there is time and space to continue to pursue a diplomatic path, backed by growing international pressure on the Iranian government,” Reuters quoted a National Security Council spokesman as saying on Aug. 9.

In an earlier radio interview, Barak claimed the current assessment of the Iranian threat by top U.S. officials “comes very close to our own estimate.”

Asked about Barak’s comments, Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said that the United States and Israel “share an assessment of where Iran is and what its capacities are and what timelines look like.”

However, Carney also suggested that the White House did not share Barak’s assessment that the situation was “more urgent.” — jta


Posted by Frank
08/17/2012  at  11:14 PM
The "cusp" will be too late

The new American NIE is clear:    And waiting until the “cusp” is too late.  It is necessary to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear capability.  The “cusp” is after Iran is ready to go, and has simply to assemble and launch.  Waiting for the “cusp” to take the necessary military action is suicidal.

Where is the American Jews’ support for military action to prevent a second Holocaust?  “Never Again” is apparently just a hollow pledge?  If Israel does not act before the election and Obama is re-elected, he will have all the “flexibility” he needs to prevent Israel from trying to save itself and the Jewish people.  The first time around the well-planned intentional slaughter of millions of Jews was perhaps too horrifying to believe, but this time Iran’s Islamic fascist leaders have it eminently clear.

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