Israel must determine future

2009-07-05 22:23

Washington - Vice-president Joe Biden says the US will not stand in Israel's way if Jerusalem believes military action is needed to eliminate Iran's nuclear threat.

Biden says the US "cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do."

Israel considers Iran its most dangerous adversary and is wary of hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who just won a disputed re-election. He repeatedly has called for Israel to be wiped off the map.

Israel and the US accuse Iran of seeking to develop weapons under the cover of a nuclear power programme, but Iran denies the allegation.

Biden said that Israel could determine for itself "what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else”.