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Israel may launch pre-emptive attacks on Iran


AGENCIES | Washington, March 6, 2012 13:03
Tags : Talking tough | Israel | Benjamin Netanyahu | US President Barack Obama | a nuclear Iran | pre-emtive action | White House |


Talking tough, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told US President Barack Obama that a nuclear Iran would be an "unacceptable" development and underlined his country's right to take pre-emtive action. 
Obama and Netanyahu met at the White House to discuss Iran's nuclear programme and other Middle East issues amid speculation that Israel may launch pre-emptive attacks on Iran's nuclear sites.
Concurring with the Israeli leader's stand that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable, Obama said, "all options are on the table to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
Netanyahu's speech was his strongest suggestion yet that he wouldn't hesitate to launch a unilateral pre-emptive attack on Iran. Israel "must have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat", he said.
"After all, that's the very purpose of the Jewish state -- to restore to the Jewish people control over our destiny. And that's why my supreme responsibility as Prime Minister of
Israel is to ensure that Israel remains the master of its fate," he said.
Before the two leaders met, Obama told reporters that both he and Netanyahu would prefer a diplomatic solution to the Iranian issue. But Obama also repeated the warning that military force remains an option to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. After their meeting lasted for several hours, the White House said the two leaders discussed among other things the threat from Iran. Obama reaffirmed the US policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
"He reiterated the US' commitment to pursuing a strategy of principled diplomacy, backed by unprecedented pressure, including the additional sanctions that are taking hold on the
Iranian regime," the White House said.
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