Monday, August 04, 2008

U.S., Israel discuss diplomatic push on Iran

From Reuters, Thu Jul 31, 2008, by Dan Williams and Susan Cornwell:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) ...Since the multi-party talks in Geneva, Iran has said it would press ahead with its nuclear plans.

...[Israel's] Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz..."...urged the Americans to set firm conditions, such as a refusal to allow the Iranians to enrich uranium on their turf, and to be clear that the deadline must be preserved. The Iranians are simply looking for cracks to exploit."

...The State Department issued a statement ...."The United States and Israel share deep concern about Iran's nuclear program, and the two delegations discussed steps to strengthen diplomatic efforts and financial measures to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability," the statement said. It gave no details of the measures discussed.

"We also reaffirmed our strong mutual determination to counter Iran's support for terrorism," said the statement, which the State Department said was being issued by both the United States and Israel.

...Mofaz, a former defense minister, is considered a possible successor to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who plans to quit after his party chooses a new leader in September.

...Mofaz said during his Washington talks that "all options against Iran should not only be on table, but prepared..." ....

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