Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo by AP
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A US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks revealed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told U.S. officials Iran would not use a nuclear weapon against Israel, according to media reports Tuesday.

According to the cable, the Syrian president said "an Iranian nuclear strike against Israel would result in massive Palestinian casualties, which Iran would never risk."

The cable was sent from the US embassy in Damascus in March last year and described a meeting between al-Assad and several US senators.

In the meeting, al-Assad stressed that he was not convinced Iran was developing nuclear weapons.

Al-Assad also said he wanted peace between Syria and Israel, and encouraged US involvement in the issue.