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U.S. envoy in Israel plays down talk of Iran attack

June 3, 2008

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Israel played down speculation on Thursday that an attack by either country on Iranian nuclear sites was imminent, saying the allies agreed sanctions should run their course.

“I don’t think any decisions have been made on any military action by any party, that I’m aware of,” Richard Jones told reporters.

“I think a lot of people believe that the use of military force would be the last option and there are plenty of other options that need to be exercised beforehand — and I think we are in the process of exercising those options,” he said.

“We are working very closely with Israel on our diplomatic efforts.”

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