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In interview with Israel Radio, Defense Minister says would be 'happy' if economic sanctions, diplomacy would convince Tehran to drop military nuclear program.
Israel isn't looking for war with Iran, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday, adding that he would be pleased if diplomatic moves and sanctions would sway Tehran away from its contentious nuclear program.
Barak's comments came after U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said on Wednesday that he did not know whether Israel would alert the United States ahead of time if it decided to take military action against Iran.
He said the United States was convinced that sanctions and diplomatic pressure was the right path to take on Iran, along with "the stated intent not to take any options off the table" - language that leaves open the possibility of future military action.
"I'm not sure the Israelis share our assessment of that," Dempsey added.
Speaking on the chances of an Israeli strike of Iran's nuclear program on Thursday, Barak told Israel Radio that "Israel isn't looking for war with Iran and has no intention of acting right now."