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Israel retracts war on Iran threats

Press TV - Israel's Interior Minister warns Tel Aviv against attacking Tehran saying such an attack would be a 'megalomaniacal reckless' idea.

"Israel must on no account attack Iran, speak of attacking Iran or even think about it," said Meir Sheetrit, who is contending for Kadima's leadership, Ha'aretz reported Wednesday.

The US and Israel, both possessors of nuclear weapons, accuse Iran of pursuing a covert military nuclear program. Tehran, however, rejects the allegations as baseless.

Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), insists that its nuclear activities are aimed at peaceful purposes.

The allegations continue, while the most recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirms there is no link between the use of nuclear material and the 'alleged studies' of weaponization attributed to Iran by the US.

Sheetrit also said that Israel must be prepared to defend itself in case of an attacked by Iran. He was referring to the Islamic Republic's successful test-fire of a number of advanced shore-to-sea, surface-to-surface and sea-to-air missiles.

His remarks come, while Iranian officials have repeatedly said that Iran is not a threat to other nations.

The Commander of IRGC's Joint Chiefs of Staff, Brigadier General Seyyed Mohammad Hejazi on July 10, described Iran's missile tests as 'a defensive tool against invasions'.

Iranian Air Force Commander General Hossein Salami on July 9 said that Iran's missile systems are operative, and positioned in a defensive array.

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