Bolton Implies Israel May Strike Iran

Ad Feedback - In his remarks at the eighth annual Herzliya Conference, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said Israel will most likely have to take out Iranian nuclear facilities on its own.

"No one should be under any illusions about the United States' part of the Iranian situation in the coming year," Bolton said.

"It's close to zero percent chance that the Bush administration will authorize military action against Iran before leaving office," he said.

"At the same time, in Teheran, they took careful notice of how Israel got into Syria and to prepare for such an action against Iran," Bolton said, referring to the clandestine Israel Air Force (IAF) raid on an alleged Syrian nuclear facility on September 6, 2007.

Bolton addressed Israeli censorship of the incident.

"Why wouldn't the government of Israel want to take the credit for a stunningly successful military strike?" Bolton asked.

"I don't understand the reason for strong Israeli censorship in the news. The Syrian and North Korean governments know the whole truth, and the U.S.A. and Israeli governments know part of the truth. It's the citizens of all four countries who don't," he said.

Bolton assessed North Korea's role in the Middle East.

According to the former ambassador, North Korea plans on being a major player in the Middle East arms race once it has been removed from the U.S. list of terror-sponsoring countries.

"The proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East will start with North Korea. It counterfeits money, sells narcotics, and it will do anything for hard money," Bolton asserted.

"In 1998, North Korea launched a ballistic missile into the Pacific Ocean near Japan. After a year, North Korea said it promises that it wouldn't test such missiles anymore," he said.

"This was a double victory. First to launch the missile and it's testing and secondly, the political benefits of promising not to do so again. The ballistic missile information was shared with Iran," said Bolton, adding that cooperation between North Korea and Iran was intensifying.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz

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