Israeli Army's Main Focus Is Preparations Against Iran's Nuke Program, Chief of Staff Says

This comes after Supreme Leader Khamenei's senior adviser said that Iran is technically capable of making a nuclear bomb but has not decided whether to build one

Yaniv Kubovich
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Israeli military Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, earlier this month.
Israeli military Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, earlier this month.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Yaniv Kubovich
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The Israeli military's ongoing preparations against Iran's nuclear program are its main focus, Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said on Monday.

Speaking at a handover ceremony for the new head of the Home Front Command, Kochavi said: “Preparing a military option against the Iranian nuclear program is a moral necessity and a national security imperative.”

Kochavi presented two possible scenarios regarding Iran's nuclear program. The first one is based on the assumption that a nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers won't be reached, and that Iran's nuclear program will continues to expand. The second, in which an agreement identical or similar to the previous one is reached, “means a bad deal, since such an agreement allows Iran to become a nuclear state within a short time after its end date," Kochavi added.

"The preparations are continuing intensively, but preventing Iran from nuclearization through diplomacy is the preferred path,” Kochavi clarified.

Kochavi's remarks occurred after Kamal Kharrazi, a senior adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Iran is technically capable of making a nuclear bomb but has not decided whether to build one.

This satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows Iran's Natanz nuclear facility in April of last year.Credit: Planet Labs Inc. /AP

Kharrazi also told Al Jazeera that Iran has conducted military exercises simulating attacks on “sensitive areas” in Israel – if it is attacked. "The Islamic Republic will never negotiate over its missile program or its regional policy," he added.

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