By Jeremy Herb - 08/14/12 03:59 PM EDT
And a separate Israeli media report last week said that U.S. intelligence found Iranian nuclear scientists had made “surprising, notable progress in the research and development of key components of [Iran's] military nuclear program.”
President Obama has urged the Israelis to hold off on an attack, pushing for Netanyahu to give sanctions and negotiations time to take effect. Iran and six world powers have held several rounds of nuclear talks this year, but they have not led to any substantive agreements.
Netanyahu has repeatedly questioned the effectiveness of the sanctions and talks, arguing they have done nothing to stop Iran’s nuclear progress.
Obama has said that he will not allow Tehran to obtain a nuclear weapon, and that no options are off the table to stop Iran.
Iran has at least publicly dismissed the latest reports about an Israeli attack, as Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmhmanparast told reporters Tuesday that they were “baseless” remarks, according to the AP.
Iran insists that its nuclear weapons program is for peaceful purposes only, while the United States, Israel and other allies say Iran is looking to obtain nuclear weapons.