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U.S. ambassador to Israel: No link between Iran's nuke program, peace talks

English.news.cn   2013-12-09 21:38:09            

JERUSALEM, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said Monday that his government does not link the efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons to ongoing Israeli- Palestinian peace negotiations.

"There is no connection between these two issues. Both are connected to the security of Israel and also to our security," Shapiro told Army Radio in an interview conducted in Hebrew.

"We do not see some relation (between the issues) in a way that we request (Israel) to give to one and receive from another," Shapiro said, emphasizing that while tactical differences occasionally emerge between Israel and the U.S., the two "always agree" on their shared strategic objectives with regard to Iran and the peace process.

The remarks came on the heels of a speech made Sunday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he said that a nuclear-armed Iran would harm any future peace accord with the Palestinians.

"Our efforts to reach Israeli-Palestinian peace will come to nothing if Iran will have nuclear weapons," Netanyahu told the annual Saban Forum of the Washington-based Brookings Institution.

He explained that a nuclear Iran would increase terrorism in the region and would also endanger the existing peace agreements between Israel and its neighbors.

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Israeli PM claims Iran nuclear hinders peace talks with Palestinians

JERUSALEM, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said there's no chance of peace between Israel and the Palestinians if Iran will achieve a nuclear bomb.

Netanyahu made the statement in a video message recorded and broadcast on Sunday evening in the Sabban Forum in Washington D.C. in the United States. Full story

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