Israeli Minister of Intelligence, Yuval Steinitz
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Israeli Minister: I hope diplomacy with Iran will work

31 October 2013 Last updated at 11:01 GMT

Israeli Minister of Intelligence, Yuval Steinitz, has told HARDtalk he hopes the diplomatic process with Iran over its nuclear programme will be successful.

But Mr Steinitz also said that although Iran has changed its political tone, "it is still a very problematic regime," and warned that Israel preserved its right to defend itself against "an existential threat."

Iran says its nuclear programme is purely peaceful and denies seeking to create nuclear weapons.

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Thursday 31 October at 14:30 and 20:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel at 00:30 on Friday 1 November.

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