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The US has plans in place to attack Iran if other measures fail to stop it developing nuclear weapons, Washington's envoy to Israel says.

Dan Shapiro said the US hoped diplomacy and sanctions would persuade Iran to alter its nuclear programme, but a military option was "ready".

US President Obama has previously said military action has not been ruled out.

The US and its allies say Iran is developing a nuclear bomb, an accusation Tehran denies.

Talks between Iran and six world powers are due to resume in Baghdad on 23 May.

Mr Shapiro made his comments to the Israel Bar Association on Tuesday, a recording of which was later obtained by the Associated Press news agency.

"It would be preferable to resolve this diplomatically through the use of pressure than to use military force," Mr Shapiro said.

"But that doesn't mean that option is not fully available. Not just available, but it's ready. The necessary planning has been done to ensure that it's ready."

Pentagon spokesman George Little on Thursday stressed that Washington's policy on the issue "has not changed at all".

"The ambassador's comments are perfectly in line with what we have been saying for a while with respect to Iran. Our focus in the US is on using diplomatic and economic instruments... to bring pressure to bear on the Iranians to do the right thing," he said.

Mr Little added that Mr Shapiro "was absolutely correct to say that no options are off the table but those options are not something that are being contemplated at this time".

Both Israel and the US have said they consider military force a last resort to stop Iran using its uranium enrichment programme to make a weapon.

Israel, which feels threatened by the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, has hinted it could launch a pre-emptive strike.

The BBC's Tehran correspondent, James Reynolds, says Mr Shapiro's remarks go further than previous comments by President Barack Obama that all options are on the table, including military action.

Although aimed at an Israeli audience, the ambassador's comments will not go unnoticed in other capitals, including Tehran, our correspondent says.

Six world powers - the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - are trying to persuade Tehran to reduce uranium enrichment and open up its nuclear facilities to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Fresh talks opened in Istanbul in April - the first for 15 months - and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton described them as "constructive and useful".

The EU, the US and the UN have all imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.

In the past, US officials have stressed the regional instability that would result from any attack on Iran.

In March, Mr Obama said there was "still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution".

He warned there was "too much loose talk of war" and that it was playing into Iran's hands. However, he stressed that all options remained open.

Tehran insists it is enriching uranium to produce medical isotopes and fuel for nuclear reactors.----

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18110191


Added: May-19-2012 Occurred On: May-19-2012
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  • One fucking nuclear bomb, which would probably get intercepted from the launch . Can't be the real thing for this shit. What next? going after every country with nuclear arsenal? Go cowboys

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  • If the world's superpowers spent their resources not on wars but on planet exploration instead, I am quit certain that we would be colonizing the moon or mars, or possibly even have manned exploration outside of our solar system.

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  • i'll believed it when i see it this shitt been going on now for at least who knows cos cia never tells us the truth.

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  • Who are America to decide who gets to harness nuclear power ? Look what happened when they got it, they levelled 2 civillian cities !

    Jumped up wankers.

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    • @nomadlife Haha , I see you love to troll every video you can putting down the USA .the uk is in a shit state too and if the euro goes down then you are in real trouble and so is all of Europe and the world .but Israel will not accept Iran with nukes nor will Saudi Arabia .the only ones that can plenary rate the air defenses are the usa .same as Libya

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    • @markymark69 Your avatar picture is hilarious, where did you get it from?

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    • @Desertsfoxx I took the picture of myself one night while I was feeling freaky

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  • Not going to happen. This is misleading information. Be nice though. Was written, made media, that in around Jan/Feb, Iran will have nukes (in two month) before spring, and Isreal was going to attack before spring. Well it is past before spring, and nothing happened, All hype. Now this is lower info than media has. The Iran Nuke problem been gong on for nearly a decade now "Iran will have nukes withen two years", and this.."Going to attack" never happens. Only the stupid sanc More..

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  • sure why not? it's about time for another war,.gotta kick up profits you know,.

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  • Because the big bosses in isreal wants us to do that otherwise we got no problem with iran at all..by the way where are the nuclear guns we were lookin into iraq?

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  • I'm buying a new HDTV just for the LIVE invasion.

    I heard Iran plants to retaliate with many missiles, so, the fireworks should be great.

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  • Cruise missiles and drones. Im sure the idea is to look at satillite imagery of targets over the course of the year they have set as a deadline.
    Inspectors have said they saw detonators and other material that only would be used for previous testing there. So be sure to imagine what was unseen.

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  • the US is gonna get fucked

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  • Cool, it's open season on islamosquitos

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  • What do they mean ..."is ready"?
    How hard is it to plan pushing a few red buttons?

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  • this isnt news, the US has always had a plan to attack iran and im sure there are have plans to attack any country of 'importance.' we've even had a plan to attack canada! war plan red, wikipedia it.

    i would LOVE to see the plan for china! though i would hope to have 2 copies as i fear all the pages of the first would be stuck together. just sayin.

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    • @mixer Yeah, the US has a nice track record on War...It's funny how many sovereign countries we have attacked, and the US people, do not give a single shit.

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    • @fackyeah

      correct. awhile ago i had watched a video where this guy argued that in prepping the masses for libya the President the exact same thing is predecessors have done before entering into our undeclared wars throughout the second half of the 20th century: carelessly tossing around such abstract words like 'freedom', 'justice', 'peace', and 'liberty' yet offering little substance for stability afterward.

      as for your second comment, ive never asked it directly but when you take your aver More..

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  • OH, BY THE WAY, ISRAEL HAS NUKES TOO.

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  • sad to see once great America reduced to israel's lapdog

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