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Netanyahu says doesn't know of any U.S.-Iran talks
yahoo ^ | 10/21/12 | Ori Lewis Reuters

Posted on 10/21/2012 2:15:21 PM PDT by mdittmar

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he didn't know about any U.S. plans to talk bilaterally with Iran, saying tougher sanctions and a "credible military option" were the best ways to peacefully halt Tehran's nuclear program.

The White House had earlier denied a New York Times report that Washington and Tehran had agreed in principle to hold bilateral negotiations to halt what the West fears is a plan by the Islamic Republic to develop nuclear weapons.

Addressing reporters at a civil defense drill to rehearse for a possible earthquake, Netanyahu accused Iran of having used talks with world powers in the past as a ruse "to drag its feet and to gain time to advance its nuclear weapons program."

"Israel doesn't know about these contacts and I can't confirm that they actually have taken place," Netanyahu said of the report about possible direct contacts between Washington and Tehran.

The New York Times said Iran had insisted that talks with Washington not begin until after a November 6 presidential election determines whether President Barack Obama will serve a second term or if challenger Mitt Romney will succeed him.

Netanyahu said he thought "the best way to resolve peacefully the question of Iran's nuclear program is through even tougher sanctions and a credible military option."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: netanyahu; nucleariran; nuclearirantalks; talkswithiran; whirantalks

1 posted on 10/21/2012 2:15:23 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Why would we tell them anything?

Just “one of our closest allies in the region.”


2 posted on 10/21/2012 2:17:44 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

Exactly! Why would we tell the leader of a nation that we know would be target number one for Iran?

This Obama is a bad seed.


3 posted on 10/21/2012 2:21:45 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: mdittmar
Everyone knows that Hussein hates Israel.
4 posted on 10/21/2012 2:24:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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5 posted on 10/21/2012 2:24:54 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; CaptainAmiigaf

ping


6 posted on 10/21/2012 2:27:32 PM PDT by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: DoughtyOne
Hold the phone, there, D1. It's just possible that the NYT story is 100% fabricated fictional horse puckey, or the fevered imaginings of some flunky who sees his job slipping away.

That would explain why Bibi doesn't know about it.

7 posted on 10/21/2012 2:30:18 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: DoughtyOne

8 posted on 10/21/2012 2:31:46 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I think the story is true, a leak from the intelligence community that were thrown under the bus to cover up Libya. By leaking the talks, it threw a monkey wrench into the gambit to get deal done before the election.


9 posted on 10/21/2012 2:32:51 PM PDT by AU72
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To: AU72
HotAir has a more complete theory list.:

Theory 1: The story is true, but the actors on both sides don’t want to jinx it by bringing it out in public until the plan ripens a bit, so they’re denying it for now. (Yeah, yeah… I know. But we’re trying to cover the full spectrum here.)

Theory 2: The story is garbage, but the New York Times was misled by an Iranian activist trying to kick-start the process.

Theory 3: The story is garbage, but the New York Times was misled by an Obama administration official who wanted to plant a seed to make it look like the President’s foreign policy platform isn’t a complete shambles right before the foreign policy debate.

Theory 4: The story is utter, complete, and journalistic libelous garbage created out of whole cloth by the New York Times in an effort to make the President look more effective on foreign policy.

10 posted on 10/21/2012 2:36:34 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

That’s true Izzy Dunne. Fair enough.


11 posted on 10/21/2012 2:36:34 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: F15Eagle

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12 posted on 10/21/2012 2:37:31 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: TigerClaws
Surprises me how many here don't know that Israel would know this, without ANY doubt they would know. Their Mossad would be IN the negotiations. LOL!

Israel's intelligence is superior to ours.. I would never have said that a few years ago, but with FOOLS like Panetta, Victoria Nuland, Hillary, Clapper.. Sorry, we don't know SQUAT.

13 posted on 10/21/2012 2:43:15 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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