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Barak: Israel not looking for Iran war

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak holds a press conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta following a meeting at the defense ministry during an official visit to Israel in, Tel Aviv on October 3, 2011 . UPI/Jack Guez/Pool | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/7aebd1bc5c4513877d3428566fd04ccd/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak holds a press conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta following a meeting at the defense ministry during an official visit to Israel in, Tel Aviv on October 3, 2011 . UPI/Jack Guez/Pool | License Photo

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel has no current plan to take military action against Iran regarding the country's nuclear program.

"Israel isn't looking for war with Iran and has no intention of acting right now," Barak told Israel Radio Thursday. He said he would be happy if sanctions and diplomacy could lead Tehran to completely discard Iran's military nuclear program, Haaretz reported.

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The comments came a day after U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said he was unsure if Israel shared the same view as the United States that sanctions and diplomatic pressure were the preferred method of dealing with Iran.

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