Barak on Iran: 'All Options on Table'

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CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Washington on Monday where the two discussed Iranian nuclear development and several other bilateral issues involving the defense establishments of both countries.

"Iran's plans put the entire region and the entire world at risk," Barak told Gates, according to a statement released by the Defense Ministry.

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"We insist that it is vital to continue tightening the economic and financial sanctions imposed on the Iranians," Barak said.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined Gates during the discussions on Iran.

Both Mullen and Gates have repeated their opposition to US action against Iran and creating a third theater of war in the process.

Barak warned, "We must continue to stick with a policy that does not take any of the options off the table."

One of those options includes obtaining logistical support from the US, which would enable the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)  to launch solo operations if necessary.

Gates and Barak also discussed the violations of Resolution 1701 in Lebanon, the situations in Gaza and Syria, and the Lebanese terror organization, Hezbollah.

During his Washington visit, Barak is also scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Ynet News

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