“I don't think that that is a subject for public discussion. But I can tell you that the (International Atomic Energy Agency) IAEA report has a sobering impact on many in the world, leaders as well as the publics, and people understand that the time has come,” Barak claimed in an interview with CNN on Sunday without being questioned about Tel Aviv's reported possession of nuclear warheads.
On November 8, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano circulated his latest report on Iran's nuclear program among the 35 members of the IAEA Board of Governors, claiming that Iran was engaged in activities aimed at developing nuclear weapons before 2003 and added that these activities “may still be ongoing.”
Iran has firmly rejected Amano's latest report on its nuclear program as "unbalanced, unprofessional and prepared with political motivation and under political pressure by mostly the United States."
“People understand now that Iran is determined to reach nuclear weapons. No other possible or conceivable explanation for what they have been actually doing," Barak claimed.
The Israeli minister stated, "And that should be stopped."
The US, Israel and their allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program and have used this allegation as a pretext to convince the UN Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran.
Tehran has categorically refuted Western allegations, saying that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to acquire and develop atomic technology for peaceful purposes.
Barak's remarks came after Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi described anti-Iran threats by the US and the Israeli regime as futile attempts to wage a psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic.
The US and Israeli threats stem from their weakness and incapability and they sound more like psychological operations, Vahidi said on Sunday.
Iranian officials have vowed to deliver a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would certainly reach far beyond the Middle East.