All Israeli options against Iran on table - defence minister

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IRAN STRIKE: Ehud Barak refuses to rule out military strike on Islamic republic. (AFP)

IRAN STRIKE: Ehud Barak refuses to rule out military strike on Islamic republic. (AFP)

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak refused on Wednesday to rule out a military strike on Iran, just hours after Israel's foreign minister said the Jewish state would not do so."I repeat what I have always said, we are not taking any options off the table," Barak said after meetings with officials from US President Barack Obama's administration in Washington.

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said earlier at a Moscow news conference that "Israel is not planning to bomb Iran."

Widely believed to be the Middle East's only nuclear power, Israel has repeatedly described Iran's uranium enrichment as a threat to its existence and has said all options were on the table in preventing Tehran from building atomic weapons.

Barak said Israel supports the Obama administration's initiative to try to talk Iran out of trying to build nuclear weapons but believes it should be limited to a set timeframe.

He added that it would not take long to discover Iran's nuclear aspirations.

"We are talking about a number of months, no more. Whether it is late August, or early or mid September, it should be enough to understand whether the Iranians are serious (about compromise) or whether they are just playing for time," Barak said. (Reuters)

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