US Reassures Israel of Attack Option On Iran

The U.S. has reassured Israel that the military option against Iran remains on the table despite widespread Israeli concern that Washington has begun softening its stand vis-à-vis Iran, saying the focus is on economic and political pressure, media reports said.

During their meetings Monday and Tuesday, Bush administration officials -- to reassure Israel that it would not abandon its support for Tel Aviv -- told visiting Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that the option of strike on Iran over its controversial nuclear program remains on the table, though officials are primarily seeking a diplomatic solution.

The assertion came after Barak, in his talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, demanded that the U.S. keep all options against Iran on the table.

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