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May 16, 2014 10:10 am

Netanyahu, Hagel Discuss Iran Nuclear Program in Jerusalem

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Chuck Hagel in Jerusalem on Friday. Photo: Israel Hayom video screenshot.

JNS.orgIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel discussed the Iranian nuclear program in public comments on Friday in Jerusalem.

“I wasn’t surprised and I’m sure you weren’t surprised by the recent U.N. report on Iran’s ongoing efforts to deceive the international community, to continue to develop ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) and to continue to violate its commitments of Security Council stipulations on forbidding it to develop certain parts of its nuclear program,” Netanyahu said.

“I think that requires a very clear and firm policy on the part of the world powers,” said the prime minister. He added that in the ongoing negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, “one thing must guide the international community: we must not let the ayatollahs win.”

Hagel said, “I want to assure you, the people of Israel, of the United States’ continued commitment to ensuring Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. America will do what we must to live up to that commitment.”

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  • Luigi Rosolin (@LuigiBelmont)

    The failure of the talk in Geneva to reach an agreement had fail and was well forecast by any person of common sense. Iran is an Islamic regime that is guide by the ideology of superiority and imposition to the world of Islam. Israel is the first entity that is target follow by USA and everyone else that is oppose to the cult-ideology of conquest and submission of the world. That Iran first objective is Israel annihilation had been many time state by Iranian regime. This meeting at high level can only help if a real plane and alliance to stop the Iranian goal will freeze again they asset and export. That USA and EU had taken away sanction had given the regime a lot of economical advantage. If Obama maintain his promise sanction should be much more severe and a military action if possible without ground war. An Iran with nuclear capacity will blackmail the world not only Israel: EU and the rest will be at their mercy and they support to Islamic militia that is controlling many Africa region too will be more and more blood of western’s and especially Christian’s.

  • Talk is cheap and especially when Obama (OR HAGEL) says it. Only a military strike in the language that Iran will understand will prevent them having the bomb!

  • James David Tyler

    It does not matter what the Secretary of Defense says it is all down to what Obama thinks. I fear that it is his opinion that the US should not get too involved in the Iran nuclear weapons argument. This is particularly the case where Israel is concerned.
    Otto is right that all nuclear arms should be destroyed but they will not be as long as human beings are in control of them. What is self preservation for some is a nuclear threat to others.

  • Otto Schiff

    It seems to me that it is difficult for nuclear armed countries to tell others what not to do.
    What is needed here is general elimination of nuclear armaments.

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