Tensions between Israel and US over Iran's nuclear program
By Samuel Burke, CNN Reports that Iran is drawing still closer to nuclear weapons capability are ratcheting up the already high tensions between Israel and its ally the United States. According to the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has doubled the number of centrifuges it has installed underneath a mountain at the Fordo complex, beyond the reach of an Israeli attack. Karim Sadjadpour, an expert on Iran at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says there are two ways of looking at that report. "One is that Iran has made some forward progress. But another way of looking at it is that Iran's approach has been fairly deliberate and mindful of not wanting to cross certain red lines that could trigger military action." But Israeli officials have publically stated they believe Iran is ramming ahead. "Well, I would argue that they're not in a nuclear sprint," Sadjadpour says. "They have taken a much more deliberate approach -- it's more about a nuclear brisk walk." Diplomatic talks on Iran's nuclear program have gone nowhere. And with no progress to report, the media is filled with rumors and speculation; among them is that an Israeli attack on Iran is imminent. In the Israeli press there are reports that frustration over the US' lack of support for an attack on Iran resulted in a shouting match between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro. The US government is denying these rumors. David <b>...</b>
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