Former US secretary of state John Kerry - Press photo
GAZA CITY - 11 November 2017: Former US secretary of state John Kerry said Friday that Israel asked the United States to bomb Iran when Barack Obama served as president, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Kerry made the remarks during a conversation he held in London in Chatham House this week about the nuclear threat posed by Tehran.
"Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu was urging President [Barack] Obama to bomb Iran," Kerry said but did not clarify when that request was made.
But Kerry expressed his doubts over this widely-shared notion, saying that "Bombing Iran does not necessarily stop them from having a nuclear weapon. It is the same dilemma that we face with North Korea. We do not know where everything is."
At the time that the nuclear deal was put in place, Iran did not have a nuclear weapon, Kerry continued.
"I guarantee you, once you bomb the country, you have surely [sic] given them a good reason to want to have a weapon," the ex-Secretary of State asserted.