Israel's deputy prime minister Moshe Ya'alon said Iran has been developing missiles capable of hitting the US at a range of 6,200 miles at a site near Tehran and that the nuclear weapons were aimed at the US and not Israel, The Mail said.
Mr. Ya’alon said Iran would use the missiles to target the US in retaliation over Western-back sanctions and any attack threat.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollahwarned in a defiant speech on Friday, ‘Threatening Iran and attacking Iran will harm America.’ He said sanctions would not have any impact on ‘our determination to continue our nuclear course’ and determined to impose any threats ‘at the right time,’ saying, ‘I have no fear of saying that we will back and help any nation or group that wants to confront and fight against the Zionist regime-(Israel). In light of the realization of the divine promise by almighty God, the Zionists and the Great Satan (America) will soon be defeated.'
Israeli prime ministerand defense minister Ehud Barak said they maybe running out of time and expressed fears that a military strike beyond April would be too late to intercept an Iranian bomb.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also believed that Israel was preparing a strike for the next few months but President Barack Obama maintained it was reserving the right to attack and tried desperately to talk Israel out of its assault plans on Iran’s nuclear facilities and give credence first to the effect of its sanctions and recent penalties approved by the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday.
Meanwhile, China continued to oppose further sanctions against Iran saying tension over the nuclear program was hurting energy markets. Escalating tensions between Iran and the West has increased the price of Brent crude by about 9 percent since mid-December.