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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

"Israel's Staunchest Ally" - Obama to Netanyahu: Don't sour Iran nuclear talks by visiting DC

"Israel's Staunchest Ally" - Obama to Netanyahu: Don't sour Iran nuclear talks by visiting DC.(Taz).

US President Barack Obama says he has sharp differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Iranian nuclear issue, warning him against souring ongoing negotiations with Tehran by visiting Washington, DC next month, Press TV reported.

"I don't want to be coy. The [Israeli] Prime Minister and I have a very real difference around Iran's sanctions," Obama said at a joint press conference in the White House on Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"I have been very clear -- Angela agrees with me, and [British Prime Minister] David Cameron agrees with me, and the others who are a member of the negotiations agree that it does not make sense to sour the negotiations a month or two before they're about to be completed and we should play that out. If, in fact, we can get a deal, then we should embrace that," Obama said in response to a question.

"If we can't get a deal, then we'll have to make a set of decisions and, as I've said to Congress, <----- i=""> I'll be the first one to work with them to apply even stronger measures against Iran," he added.

Obama said the deal with Iran over its nuclear issue is possible, but “as the president of the United States, I'm looking at what the options are if we don't get a diplomatic resolution.”

Earlier in the day, Netanyahu said he would go ahead with his planned address to Congress to “prevent dangerous agreement” with Iran.

"I am determined to address Congress, that is why I decided to go to Washington and present Israel's position," Netanyahu told members of his Likud party.

Iran and the P5+1 states - the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany - are in talks to narrow their differences and pave the way for a final, long-term accord aimed at putting an end to the 12-year-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

The scale of Iran’s uranium enrichment and the timetable for the lifting of anti-Iran sanctions are seen as major sticking points in the talks.

The Republican-dominated Congress is pushing a new round of sanctions on Iran, which could be part of its agenda in the coming weeks.

Obama has vowed to veto the final Kirk-Menendez bill if it is put on his desk after passing both houses of Congress.

Last month, hours after Obama threatened to veto any Iran sanctions bill during his State of the Union address on January 20, US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to Congress to speak about the “threat” of Iran.

The invitation to address the US Congress was extended without consultation with the White House or the State Department.

Senior Obama administration officials as well as top Democratic lawmakers are planning to boycott the March 3 joint session of Congress where Netanyahu is scheduled to speak about IranHmmm.....'Massive' Boycott from the Dems it seems....Carl in Jerusalem has the details: Big deal: 11 Dem Reps, 1 Dem Senator to skip Netanyahu speech        

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