Israeli minister hints at action against Iran

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Photo - FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, Iran's heavy water nuclear facility is backdropped by mountains near the central city of Arak, Iran. A senior Iranian official said Monday, March 17, 2014, that an alleged attempt to sabotage one of Tehran's nuclear facilities, the nuclear reactor at Arak in the center of the country, involved foreign intelligence agencies who tampered with imported pumps. Tehran has accused the Israel, the U.S. and their allies of undermining Iran's nuclear program through covert operations. (AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, Iran's heavy water nuclear facility is backdropped by mountains near the central city of Arak, Iran. A senior Iranian official said Monday, March 17, 2014, that an alleged attempt to sabotage one of Tehran's nuclear facilities, the nuclear reactor at Arak in the center of the country, involved foreign intelligence agencies who tampered with imported pumps. Tehran has accused the Israel, the U.S. and their allies of undermining Iran's nuclear program through covert operations. (AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan, File)
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says his country cannot depend on the United States to lead an action against Iran's nuclear program and that Israel can only rely on itself.

Moshe Yaalon says Israel believed "the one who should lead the campaign against Iran is the U.S" but instead, Washington began talks with Tehran.

He says Iran has the upper hand in the talks and that "we (Israelis) have to look out for ourselves."

Yaalon's office confirmed his remarks, which were published in the Israeli daily Haaretz on Tuesday, but refused to comment whether the defense minister was advocating an Israeli strike on Iran.

Yaalon spoke as world powers and Iran are to start a new round of talks over Iran's contested nuclear program in Vienna. Iran denies it seeks nuclear weapons.

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