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Israel Denies Reports it Has Plans for Strike on Iran Nuclear Facility

By VOA News

Israel is denying British reports that it has drawn up plans for a nuclear strike on Iran's uranium enrichment facilities.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev Sunday said Israel is focused on peacefully resolving the nuclear standoff through diplomacy.

Earlier, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reported two Israeli air force squadrons have been training for conventional and nuclear attacks aimed at destroying Iranian nuclear facilities deep underground.

Following the report, Iran's foreign ministry warned that any nation that attacks Iran will quickly regret its actions.

Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said the reported plans show that Israel is the main threat to global peace. He said any such attack would not go without a response.

Israel accuses Tehran of seeking nuclear weapons with the aim of destroying the Jewish state. Israel refuses to rule out a pre-emptive military strike on Iran, but has said it prefers to use diplomacy to counter Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Iran denies that it is seeking nuclear weapons and says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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