Iran nuclear threat: Israel warns ‘nothing is being done’ as Tehran ramps up pressure

ISRAEL warns “nothing is being done” to stop Iran’s push for a nuclear bomb.

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In an interview with The Telegraph, an anonymous Israeli official claimed the international community is not doing enough to stop Iran’s push towards making a nuclear bomb.

The diplomat, who is directly involved in Tel Aviv’s efforts to monitor events in Iran, said: “The international community, including Britain, has to change paradigm… and understand that we’re very close to a point where there will be no return and do every effort possible in order to stop Iran’s advancements in the nuclear file.”

While he included the United Kingdom in his comments, the official was quick to add he was not criticising Boris Johnson’s Government.

“I’m not criticising the British Government.

“I don’t think the British Government works on its own.

“There is a whole bunch of players in the Iranian file.”

The official added: “There are a lot of tools for the international community to challenge Iran, whether it’s strong enforcement of economic sanctions, whether it’s challenging it in international arenas, multilateral arenas, not sending an official representation to Raisi’s inauguration for example, there’s so much that can be done, and not being done.

Ebrahim Raisi

Iran nuclear threat: Israel warns ‘nothing is being done’ as Tehran ramps up pressure (Image: Getty)

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The news comes after Tehran launched a drone attack on a merchant ship near Oman. (Image: Getty)

“That’s a huge worry for us. And the fact that Iran feels so confident to attack ships in the way it did, that just goes to show you that they don’t feel real international criticism or threat.”

Israel’s defence minister has also warned Iran is “only around 10 weeks away” from obtaining materials needed to build a nuclear weapon.

The news comes after Tehran launched a drone attack on a merchant ship near Oman, which killed a British security guard.

Following the attack, British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, issued a statement saying: “We believe this attack was deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law by Iran. UK assessments have concluded that it is highly likely that Iran attacked the MV MERCER STREET in international waters off Oman on 29 July using one or more Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.”

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Dominic Raab

Following the attack, British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, issued a statement. (Image: Getty)

The Pentagon has joined Raab in accusing Tehran of orchestrating the attack.

But Iran’s foreign ministry has rejected the claims and said the accusation was “baseless”.

Last month, Ebrahim Raisi, known as the ‘Butcher of Tehran’, was elected President of Iran.

The 60-year-old said Tehran was not creating any “forbidden” nuclear weapons.

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Benny Gantz is the current Israeli Defence Minister (Image: Getty)

However, when speaking about Iran’s President, the Israeli official told The Telegraph: “The West should be aware of the type of person we’re talking about, and how frightening it is that such a person would have control over nuclear capabilities.”

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