Barak warns Iran nukes could target US, too

Thursday, December 18, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday stressed that it is not only Israel that will be threatened by Iranian nuclear weapons, noting the possibility of a nuclear attack even on US soil.

Speaking at a national security conference at Tel Aviv University, Barak said that while Iran may not have ballistic missiles capable of reaching America, it could put a bomb on a ship and sail it into a major American port.

"If it built even a primitive nuclear weapon like the type that destroyed Hiroshima, Iran would not hesitate to load it on a ship, arm it with a detonator operated by GPS and sail it into a vital port on the east coast of North America."

Barak went on to say Israel would support US dialogue with Iran, provided there was a firm purpose and dedication to achieve that purpose, but urged the incoming US administration to keep the military option on the table, just in case.

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