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'Don't let ayatollahs win' Netanyahu tells Pentagon chief
Published Friday 16/05/2014 (updated) 17/05/2014 14:03
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) speaks to the press
ahead of a meeting with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in
Jerusalem, on May 16, 2014 (Pool/AFP Mandel Ngan)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Friday that world powers must deny Iran any possibility of developing a nuclear weapon as the search for a deal intensifies.

"I think that, while the talks with Iran are going on, there is one thing that must guide the international community and that is not to let the ayatollahs win," Netanyahu's office quoted him as saying at the beginning of their meeting in Jerusalem.

"We must not allow Iran, the foremost terrorist state of our time, to develop the ability to develop a nuclear weapon," Netanyahu said.

Hagel said that Washington had the same goal.

"I want to assure you prime minister, and the people of Israel, of the United States' continued commitment to assuring Iran does not get a nuclear weapon," he said in video distributed by the US embassy.

"America will do what we must to live up to that commitment," he added.

Although Iran currently has a nuclear energy program that it claims is meant for civilian purposes, Israel is known to have a large stockpile of undeclared nuclear weapons.

The Pentagon chief's visit to Israel came as the United States and other major powers pressed talks with Iran on a long-term agreement to allay international concerns about its nuclear ambitions.

A historic deal reached in November between Iran and the United States following the election of Iranian president Rouhani in June has been hailed by many around the world as a harbinger of better relations between the two power.

Israel, however, has strongly opposed the negotiations with its arch-enemy, and has said repeatedly that it is prepared to launch military action on its against Iran's nuclear facilities if it feels it necessary.

Netanyahu says that the diplomatic opening to the West overseen by President Hassan Rouhani since he took office last August is a charade as real power remains in the hands of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

At a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on Thursday, Hagel said the negotiations between the powers and Iran were not open-ended -- the parties are working to a July 20 target for an agreement.

He said Washington was continuing to cooperate closely with its Israeli ally on the Iran issue, even while the negotiations go on.

Hagel is on the last leg of a Middle East tour that also took him to Saudi Arabia, which has its own concerns about the nuclear talks with its regional rival.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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1 ) JoeFattal / USA
16/05/2014 19:54
So Israel is scare of Iran. That's a win for Iran. As far as their nuclear program I tend to wish that one day Iran get their bomb and nuke Israel and get over with, Israel will also do it if they have time, and maybe both of them will be back in the stone age. Iran already is, and Israel is getting there.

2 ) Trixie - Bell / Canada
16/05/2014 22:48
For sure they both want to nuke each other, unless Iran finally changed its spots. The problem is the damage, the fall out & all those who get caught in the middle. Why the world allows nuclear weapons after what happened at Hiroshima & Nagasaki with the atomic bombs, I will never understand. Nor will I ever understand the race to continually develop sophisticated modes of killing by quasi developed nations. The only answer has to be power & greed.

3 ) Johnny benson / USA
17/05/2014 06:41
My my,who got your blood up?....so you want to see Iran and Israel blow each other up...have you even given a thought that Iran may just ship a bomb to New York or Chicago maybe San Diego...go boom..although it makes sense for Israel to drop a bitty one on irans nuke labs,and rocket plants.....also if Israel goes so do your Palestinian pals....

4 ) Maureen / Australia
17/05/2014 10:23
Netanyahu, conveniently does not mention the great big nuclear elephant in his own backyard!

5 ) Tank Ki / EU
18/05/2014 18:40
@3) Johnny B - Yes, Iran could ship a bomb anywhere it liked, potentially, & once Israel drops just a 'tiny bomb' on Irans labs, Iran, not to mention HB, & any other interested party wanting a 'truly just cause & excuse' could (not saying they would) consider a massive offensive against Israel & its Western backers. Mmm, still sound good?
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