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Monday 30 April 2012
JPost -- Iran appears to exercise a thoughtful calculated approach to its nuclear program, which shows that diplomacy can still be effective, former prime minister Ehud Olmert told CNN in a brief video interview published on its web site in advance of a more lengthy one due to air in the United States Monday night.
His comments come in the aftermath of statements he made Sunday at The Jerusalem Post Conference in New York against rushing to launch a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“That shows that they are at least thoughtful which means that they are not rushing, but they are calculating their steps, being aware of the possible ramifications of what they do to Iran itself, which is what we want them to understand,” Olmert said in the CNN interview.
Israel still needs to be prepared to defend itself militarily against Iran, Olmert told CNN.
“At the same time,” he said, “we have to create the capacity to defend ourselves,” he said.
“We have to encourage the international community to be quiet, without talking so much, to take measures and sanctions economic pressure and so on and so forth,” Olmert said.
There should not be a “rush for certain military actions [against Iran], which are not essential at this point,” he added.
His comments come at a time when former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan and the former head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Yuval Diski, have questioned the ability of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program through force.
Iran has restarted negotiations with six world powers over the broader dimensions of its nuclear program and the sides have agreed to meet again in Baghdad on May 23.
Washington and its allies believe Tehran is working on developing nuclear bombs. Tehran insists its activities have only civilian energy purposes and has refused to stop enriching uranium, despite a slew of sanctions.
The UN Security Council has demanded that Iran suspend all enrichment activity but Western diplomats have indicated the immediate priority is to get it to halt the higher-grade work.
Reuters contributed to this report.