Obama Tells Outgoing Israeli President U.S. Will Stand by Israel’s Security in Talks with Iran

President Shimon Peres meets with US president Barack Obama, at the White House in Washington DC, on June 25, 2014. (Photo credit: Kobi Gideon /GPO/FLASH90)
President Shimon Peres meets with US president Barack Obama, at the White House in Washington DC, on June 25, 2014. (Photo credit: Kobi Gideon /GPO/FLASH90)

The United States will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, and will continue to remain steadfast on topics central to Israel’s security in the nuclear negotiations, US President Barack Obama assured Israeli President Shimon Peres during a Wednesday afternoon meeting at the White House.

Peres is on his final foreign trip before leaving office next month.

Obama told Peres that there were still gaps between the sides in the P5+1 talks with Iran, which are being held in the hopes of reaching a permanent agreement with Tehran by July 20 to curb its nuclear program. Briefing Peres on the current state of the negotiations, Obama promised that the US position would not change on Iran’s breakout potential or on key aspects of its technological development, and said that the US will not compromise on Israel’s security.

After the meeting, Peres told journalists that he hoped the final agreement with Iran would be similar to the agreement by which Syria was forced to part with its entire chemical weapons stockpile and the dismantling of its related infrastructure earlier this year. With such a deal in place, he said, Israel would consider supporting the removal of some of the sanctions against Tehran.

Obama told Peres that there were still gaps between the sides in the P5+1 talks with Iran, which are being held in the hopes of reaching a permanent agreement with Tehran by July 20 to curb its nuclear program. Briefing Peres on the current state of the negotiations, Obama promised that the US position would not change on Iran’s breakout potential or on key aspects of its technological development, and said that the US will not compromise on Israel’s security.

After the meeting, Peres told journalists that he hoped the final agreement with Iran would be similar to the agreement by which Syria was forced to part with its entire chemical weapons stockpile and the dismantling of its related infrastructure earlier this year. With such a deal in place, he said, Israel would consider supporting the removal of some of the sanctions against Tehran.

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SOURCE: REBECCA SHIMONI STOIL 
The Times of Israel

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