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US military chief, Martin Dempsey, cautions against an Israeli attack on Iran. According to the Guardian, the United States is stepping up efforts to dissuade Israel from attacking Iran's nuclear facilities, with a strong public warning by the US military's most senior figure and the dispatch of two high-ranking officials to Jerusalem. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, said in a television interview that it was "not prudent at this point" to attack Iran, and "a strike at this time would be destabilising". But in a comment likely to fuel speculation about Israel's military plans, he added: "I wouldn't suggest we've persuaded them that our view is the correct view."

The Iran Foreign Minister says his country is ready to face a 'worst-case scenario' to defend its nuclear program. According to Haaretz, Iran is determined to pursue the advancement of its nuclear program, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, adding that Tehran was prepared for any "worst-case scenario" in an attempt to defend its nuclear aspirations. Salehi's comments came after U.S. National Adviser Tom Donilon arrived in Israel to discuss Iran's nuclear standoff with the West with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Iran has cut oil exports to Britain and France. According to the Associated Press, Iran's Oil Ministry has halted oil shipments to Britain and France, in an apparent pre-emptive blow against the European Union after the bloc imposed sanctions on Iran's crucial fuel exports. The EU imposed tough sanctions against Iran last month, which included a freeze of the country's central bank assets and an oil embargo set to begin in July. The 27-nation EU accounts for about 18 percent of Iran's oil exports.

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