The Iranian threat remains of primary importance to the government, Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Tuesday.

“The media silence on Iran should not lead anyone astray,” Ya’alon said during an Army Radio interview. “This issue is still our top priority.”

Ya’alon (Likud) said that Israel’s “red line” regarding Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program remains the spring of 2013, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an address to the UN in September. Ya’alon added, “In the meantime, there are interesting things happening in Iran, such as worms, viruses and explosions,” alluding to clandestine cyber-warfare operations targeting the Islamic Republic that many suspect are carried out by Israel.

Earlier this month, top US foreign policy officials said that if diplomacy does not succeed in halting Iran’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons technology, the Obama administration was prepared to “use force” by the end of 2013.