Netanyahu Urges U.S. to Boost Iran Curbs

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed the U.S. for stronger sanctions on Iran even as it pursues nuclear talks, in an emerging conflict between the two allies amid a thaw between Washington and Tehran.

Mr. Netanyahu, who met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, also said Iran needed to completely dismantle its “military nuclear program” before the West should roll back financial pressure or the threat of military force against Iran’s nuclear installations.

The line set by Israel’s leader differed from the White House’s position that Tehran could maintain some of its nuclear-enrichment capabilities if it allowed the international community to verify that Iran’s program was solely for peaceful purposes.

“Iran is committed to Israel’s destruction, so for Israel, the ultimate test of a future agreement…is whether or not Iran dismantles its military nuclear program,” Mr. Netanyahu said. “It is Israel’s firm belief that if Iran continues to advance its nuclear program during negotiations, the sanctions should be strengthened.”

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