Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said, Sunday, that despite the recent attention to the North Korean nuclear threat, Iran is more dangerous even though its nuclear weapon is not ready. He told the Jerusalem Post's annual conference in New York that when the Islamic Republic's weapon is ready, the Tehran government will have more ways to deliver it and more ambition to do so. He added that Israel has the right and ability to defend itself against any threat, adding that as important as its cooperation with the United States may be, every country must make its own security decisions.
In his speech, former prime minister Ehud Olmert claimed that Iran's situation was not as portrayed to U.S. President Barack Obama by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, explaining that the Islamic Republic has not progressed in years and that somebody was responsible for that lack of progress. He said that if America says it will do all it can to keep Iran from becoming nuclear, the Tehran government should take that seriously. He said Israel should cooperate with the U.S. and not make public declarations.