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Asked if there was any comment on the BBC 10pm News report on America’s plans for Iran, the PMOS replied that the best answer came from the US themselves. The State Department Spokesman had said "We are convinced that sooner or later, the cost for Iran would be so high that they would have to come to the negotiating table. I don’t believe that a conflict with Iran is inevitable, we’ve got time". The PMOS’s equivalent in the White House said on 16 January 2007 "We are not planning on invading Iran". The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman reaffirmed on 06 January 2007 "Israel too prefers this issue to be resolved through diplomatic channels". The Prime Minister had also indicated on numerous occasions, that he believed nobody was preparing for war. That remained very firmly our position. There were signs that pressure on Iran was working – there was clearly a debate taking place within Tehran. We were not overstating that, we were not claiming that we had succeeded, as we had to see this in concrete terms through the UN, but the united resolve was beginning to bear in on Tehran. This was not the moment in any way to release that pressure.

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