Nightly News | May 30, 2012
>> back to overseas, to the middle east , and israel remains focused on the continuing threat posed by iran's nuclear program . the israeli defense minter made that point repeatedly to our richa richard engle.
>> good evening, lester. here in israel , the threat of iran's nuclear program is still as immediate as ever. the possibility of an israeli strike is still on the table. i stat down with the charge of the military who called it a ritual in self delusion. israel is breaking its silence of iran 's nuclear talks.
>> i'm not sure that they're serious about it.
>> the defense minter said iran is just buying time, that it's still working toward a nuclear weapon , and israel won't stand for it.
>> we're committed to do whatever it takes to prevent iran from turning into a military power . a nuclear weapon .
>> u.s. military officials have said they oppose an attack on iran , too provocative and unpredictable, but he said an israeli strike is still on the table.
>> at what stage does israel decide they can't live with this threat?
>> we'll call you. you don't expect me to give you a date or time, and we all hope that it will be solved through sanctions or diplomacy. we would be happy to wake up and see that it was over like a bad dream , but it probably won't happen and a decision will have to be made. let's assume they will be made.
>> by israel ?
>> we expect the whole world.
>> iran claims it's negotiating in good faith, that it doesn't want nuclear weapons , but the u.n.'s nuclear watch dog said iran has increased their high grade uranium by nearly a third in the last three months.
>> whoever thinks dealing with iran is tough right now should close its eyes and think what will happen in four or five years when we have to deal with a nuclear iran . with the consequences.
>> the next round of iran talks is scheduled to take place in moscow next month. but clearly, this country has lost confidence in the process. lester.
>> richard engle in tel aviv