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WH: US, Israel in agreement on Iran

White House Spokesman Jay Carney sends reassuring message to Israel; says window on Iran diplomacy not open 'indefinitely'

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 09.03.12, 07:19 / Israel News

WASHINGTON – Contrary to reports insisting that tensions between the United States and Israel are mounting due the two's differences over the necessity of a military action against Iran's nuclear facilities, the White House insists that the two allies are in agreement on the matter.

 

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that "There is absolutely no daylight between the United States and Israel when it comes to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon."

 

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Carney said that all options remain on the table for Iran. He said the "window for diplomacy remains open," adding that the diplomatic process remains the best way to deal with the Islamic Republic, though "that window will not remain open indefinitely."

 

Carney said Obama's administration has made progress in framing how the world views Iran.

 

"One thing that I think everyone here who has been covering these issues for the past four years has seen clearly is a change in the way the world views this problem. When President Obama was running for this office and when he took this office in January 2009, the world was divided over this issue of Iran's nuclear ambitions and Iran was united.

 

"Thanks to the president's policy and the pursuit of it, the world has united and come to a consensus that is unprecedented in agreement that Iran is the problem.

 

"That is, Iran's failure to live up to its international obligations that has caused this situation that is of such serious concern to President Obama, obviously to Prime Minister Netanyahu and to leaders around the region and around the world," he said.

 

"I think it is a testament to the vision that the president had when he ran for office that he understood the value of uniting the international community behind a plan of action that has isolated Iran, put enormous financial stress and political pressure on Iran as we pursue this goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," Carney concluded.

 

 

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