Iran temporarily put nuclear bomb ambitions on hold: Barak
LONDON (AFP) - Iran averted a showdown over its nuclear programme by putting a third of its medium-enriched uranium to civilian use, but the respite may be short-lived, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph while on a visit to London, Mr Barak said it was "probable" that a tipping point in Israel's standoff with Iran over its nuclear programme would have been reached before the US presidential election next month had Iran not diverted the fuel in August.
The decision put back any immediate plans Iran had for acquiring a nuclear bomb, but Mr Barak told the British newspaper the "moment of truth" had only been delayed by "eight to 10 months".
Israel has engaged in much sabre-rattling over Iran's nuclear programme in recent months, with several politicians proposing a preemptive military strike to avoid any possibility of Teheran acquiring an atomic weapon.