Skip to comments.Netanyahu says doesn't know of any U.S.-Iran talks
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."
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Why would we tell them anything?
Just “one of our closest allies in the region.”
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.
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That would explain why Bibi doesn't know about it.
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.
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.
That’s true Izzy Dunne. Fair enough.
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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.