GAZA, April 29 (KUNA) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accused Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu of exaggerating the Iranian nuclear threat in his statements.
The Iranian nuclear program did not make any progress recently, Israeli radio quoted Olmert's assertion on Monday, while speaking at a conference in New York, stressing importance of Netanyahu working intelligently and calmly with US leaders in order to face what the Tehran threat might be in the future.
He indicated that Iran did not cross the "red line" yet in its nuclear capabilities as claimed by Netanyahu in his speech to the UN General Assembly several months ago. He affirmed the Iranian nuclear program has not been making progress in years and that the extent of the threat has been exaggerated.
In the same context, the former Israeli Premier urged Tehran to seriously consider the statements made by US officials, who pledged that the United States would do whatever it could to ensure that Iran does not have nuclear capabilities.
Furthermore, he noted that prominent analysts had previously informed the Israeli government that Tehran would have nuclear capabilities by 2009, pointing out the same time that Iran still has not succeeded in accomplishing its nuclear goal to this day.(end) KUNA 291126 Apr 13NNNN