Israeli PM Says Country Has Right To Defend Itself


Salon Staff
March 2, 2012 10:45PM (UTC)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the international community should not fall into the trap of renewed nuclear talks with Iran.

Netanyahu said Friday that Iran could try to evade pressure by entering talks. He said after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Iran could pursue and exploit the talks, as it has done in the past.

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Netanyahu says Israel has the right to defend itself against Iran, which he says calls and works for Israel's destruction.

Netanyahu will meet with President Barack Obama on Monday, and Iran will be a major concern.

Obama warned Israel in an interview with The Atlantic magazine published Friday that a premature attack on Iran would do more harm than good.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country has the right to defend itself against Iran, which he says calls and works for Israel's destruction.

Netanyahu made the remarks Friday in a photo opportunity before meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa.

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Netanyahu will meet with President Barack Obama on Monday, and Iran will be a major concern.

Obama warned Israel in an interview with The Atlantic magazine published Friday that a premature attack on Iran would do more harm than good.

Netanyahu says it's important that the international community not allow the threat of a nuclear Iran to materialize.

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