Israel will not consider unilateral action to stop Iran's nuclear works, Israeli President Shimon Peres was quoted as saying on Saturday. In an interview with France's Le Figaro newspaper ahead of a trip to Paris, the former Israeli premier said, however, if economic sanctions failed to persuade Tehran to stop its nuclear plan then "non-military options would be used up".
"I would prefer to stop the development of the bomb without recourse to war. Sanctions have proved their efficacy in the past," Peres said. Asked if Israel would act alone to stop Iran getting the bomb, Peres, answered: "Under no circumstance. We are not so imprudent as to concentrate the Iranian danger on Israel."
"It's a problem that the rest of the world must resolve. With the long-range missiles developed by Iran the problem is not only Israeli," Peres added.
He accused Iran of seeking outposts in Lebanon, Gaza, Syria and Iraq. "We mustn't close our eyes. If a minority of terrorists are able to equip themselves with nuclear missiles then the world could become ungovernable."