JERUSALEM, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Minister of International and Strategic Affairs said on Thursday that the gap between Israel and the United States regarding their stance toward the Iranian nuclear problem is "small."
In an interview to Israel Radio, Minister Yuval Steinitz said that Israel and the United States "see eye to eye" regarding their aim in curbing the Iranian nuclear power, but have small differences on how to reach that goal.
"We can easily settle the Iranian nuclear issue if it would stop enriching uranium on its turf and acquire uranium from other countries for the purpose of electricity and not for military needs," Steinitz told the radio.
The minister also took notice of the meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday in Rome, Italy.
He said that the conversation was "comprehensive and open" and it dealt with other issues as well, including the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Steinitz is currently visiting Washington D.C. and is set to meet U.S. Vice President Joe Biden later on Thursday.
Last week, world powers met with Iranian delegates in Geneva to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue, amid Iran's recent overtures toward the West.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as members of his cabinet, have campaigned against Netanyahu dubbed "Rouhani's charm offensive," which, they claim, aims to stall time while Iran continues to strive for nuclear capabilities.
Iran and Israel have become sworn enemies since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. Israel says Iran aims to strike Israel off the map.
On the other hand, Iranian officials slammed Netanyahu's efforts, and said its nuclear program is aimed at peaceful purposes.
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