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Australia feared Israeli strike on Iran could spark nuclear war, WikiLeaks cables reveal

Haaretz [1]
Dec 13, 2010

WikiLeaks cables provided to The Age show that Australian intelligence believed that Iran should not be considered a rogue state.

Australian intelligence agencies feared that Israel may attack Iran and that such an attack could set off a nuclear war in the Middle East, the Australian newspaper The Age reported on Monday.

The report, based on cables released by WikiLeaks and provided exclusively to The Age, said that Australian intelligence believed that Iran’s nuclear program was intended for deterrence and that viewing Iran as a rogue state would be a mistake.

”The AIC’s [Australian intelligence community’s] leading concerns with respect to Iran’s nuclear ambitions center on understanding the time frame of a possible weapons capability, and working with the United States to prevent Israel from independently launching uncoordinated military strikes against Iran,” a cable sent to Washington last March from the U.S. embassy in Canberra read.

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