May 2, 2011 / 1:20 PM / 8 years ago

Iranian state TV carries report of Israeli build-up

TEHRAN, May 2 (Reuters) - Iranian state television ran a report on Monday saying Israeli military aircraft were massing at a U.S. air base in Iraq for a strike on Iran.

The report, for which there was no immediate corroboration, appeared on the website of Press TV.

It quoted what it said was a source close to the movement of Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shi’ite cleric who opposes the U.S. presence in Iraq and who has close ties to Iran’s leadership.

Washington’s ally Israel accuses Tehran of using its declared civilian nuclear reactor programme to conceal a plan to develop atomic bombs that would threaten the Jewish state. Israeli leaders have not ruled out military action against Iran.

However, there has been no recent indication of increased tensions and no other information on Monday to corroborate the Iranian television report.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she had no knowledge of any such report and said the military did not comment on operational matters.

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