Israel preparing to 'strike Iran's nuclear programme', says army chief, following 'disappointing' Jeddah summit

Israel preparing to 'strike Iran's nuclear programme', says army chief, following 'disappointing' Jeddah summit
Israel is preparing an assault on Iran's nuclear programme following its disappointment over Arab-US talks in Jeddah, according to reports.
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18 July, 2022
Israel has long warned of bombing Iran over its nuclear programme [Getty]

Israeli army chief Aviv Kochavi said Monday a strike on Iran was becoming more likely as talks on its nuclear programme stall and "disappointment" over Arab-US talks in Jeddah.

"Preparing for a military option against Iran’s nuclear programme is a duty...and comes at the core of [our] national security," Kochavi was quoted as saying, by Israel's i24News.

He added that, while diplomacy was the better option, "history has proven many times that diplomacy can fail or succeed for a certain period of time, and then be violated or betrayed".

"The Israeli army continues to prepare for the attack on Iran…therefore we must be prepared for all developments and scenarios," he stated.

Kochavi's warning comes after a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader told Al Jazeera's Arabic service on Sunday that Tehran is technically capable of making a nuclear bomb but has yet to decide whether to build one, despite for many years saying it never intended to create weapons from its nuclear programme.

The statement has further angered Israel, already disappointed with the results of a US-Arab summit in Saudi Arabia over the weekend which it considers failed to address Iranian threats.

"The breakthrough that Israel had hoped to achieve with the Saudis did not materialise, and the security problems facing it will worsen in the near future," Israel’s Yedioth Ahranoth wrote.

While US President Joe Biden vowed not to allow Iran to own a nuclear bomb, Gulf Arab states voiced positivity towards their long-time, regional foe, saying they wanted better relations with Tehran.

They also denied reports that a regional military alliance, similar to NATO, was in the works to confront Iran.

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Iran's indirect talks with the US on reviving the 2015 nuclear pact began in November in Vienna and continued in Qatar in June. But the negotiations have faced a months-long impasse.

Former President Donald Trump's abandonment of the deal in 2018 spurred Tehran to breach nuclear limits in the pact.