November 24, 2013

Obama phones Israeli PM to discuss Iran deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is skeptical of Iran’s intentions.

The Associated Press

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE – The White House says President Barack Obama has phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a tentative deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the 68th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters. The U.S. and Iran secretly engaged in high-level, face-to-face talks, at least three times over the past year, in a high stakes diplomatic gamble by the administration that paved the way for the historic deal aimed at slowing Iran’s nuclear program. After a Sept. 27, phone call between President Barack Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, the U.S. began informing allies about the talks. Obama handled the most sensitive conversation himself, briefing Netanyahu during his Sept. 30 visit to the White House. The next day, in this speech to the U.N., Netanyahu blasted Rouhani as a”wolf in sheep’s clothing.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama on Sunday that the United States looks forward to consulting with its ally Israel on international negotiations with Tehran. Earnest says the White House understands Israel’s skepticism about Iran’s intentions.

In an early morning announcement, Tehran agreed Sunday to a six-month pause of its nuclear program while diplomats continue talks aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Netanyahu criticized the deal, calling it a “historic mistake” and saying he was not bound by the agreement.

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