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US government predicts Israel will start the war with Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney said on Thursday that Iran was at the top of the administration's list of world trouble spots and expressed concern that Israel "might well decide to act first" to eliminate any nuclear threat from Tehran.

"You look around the world at potential trouble spots, Iran is right at the top of the list," Cheney said in an interview aired on MSNBC.

"Given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel, the Israelis might well decide to act first and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterwards," he said.

"We don't want a war in the Middle East if we can avoid it. And certainly in the case of the Iranian situation, I think everybody would be best suited by or best treated and dealt with if we could deal with it diplomatically," Cheney added.


Reuters, "Cheney Says Iran Tops U.S. List, Warns Israel", 20 January 2005.


The Times, "Cheney says Iran is priority hotspot", 21 January 2005.,,11069-1450455,00.html

BBC News, "US attack 'madness', says Khatami ", 20 January 2005.
    The Bush administration has said publicly that it will not permit Iran to acquire the nuclear bomb.

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