Talks of Israeli attack on Iran 'nonsense': Peres
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday virtually ruled out any strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities, saying there was no military solution to the matter.world Updated: Apr 16, 2009 16:24 IST
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday virtually ruled out any strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities, saying there was no military solution to the matter. "All this talk about a possible strike in Iran is nonsense. The solution in Iran is not military," Nobel laureate Peres told George Mitchell, the visiting US Envoy to the Middle East.
The elderly statesman told the US envoy that "broad international cooperation was needed to deal with the Iranian matter and the sincerity of talks with Iran should be examined".
Mitchell, on his part said that the US was completely committed to Israel's security, but insisted that it is also committed to the two-state solution, that envisages the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he wants to pursue peace talks with the Palestinians but is an opponent of the two-state solution.
Israel has declared Iran's nuclear programme an "existential threat" and several Israeli leaders have in the recent past vowed to foil its nuclear means, at times hinting at a possible military strike to achieve its goals.
First Published: Apr 16, 2009 16:22 IST