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Israel wants US to prevent Iran from acquiring N-weapons

Ahead of the crucial talks of P5+1 with Iran, Israel has said it expects the international community led by the US to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons and did not rule out the use of military option against Iran if the talks or sanctions did not yield desired results.

world Updated: Sep 19, 2009 12:07 IST

Ahead of the crucial talks of P5+1 with Iran, Israel has said it expects the international community led by the US to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons and did not rule out the use of military option against Iran if the talks or sanctions did not yield desired results.

"Israel expects the international community, led by the United States, to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear military capabilities," Israeli Ambassador to US Michael Oren told the MSNBC news in an interview.

The Israeli Ambassador supported US President Barack Obama's programme of engaging the Iranians during a period "that's just limited".

"We have assurances that that period will be limited, that by the end of this year, the US will have a better idea of whether Iran is willing to suspend Iranian enrichment on its territory and failing that, the American -- the administration is determined to proceed with a package of crippling sanctions," Oren said.

Oren said Israel is cooperating closely with the US administration in preparing these sanctions and in identifying which types of sanctions are most likely to bring about a moderation of Iranian behaviour and to bring about the suspension of uranium enrichment that "all want and need".

The five UNSC permanent members plus Germany are due to take part in preliminary talks with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili on October 1.