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US considered 'unilateral' action to stop Iranian ship -'still appropriate' to pursue nuclear deal
Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/06/2014

Posted on 03/06/2014 3:54:33 PM PST by SJackson

US considered 'unilateral' action to stop Iranian ship

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed on Wednesday that "the Israeli government interdicted a shipment of illicit Iranian arms."

"The White House directed the Department of Defense to monitor the vessel," Psaki said, adding that the US prepared to take "unilateral steps" to stop the shipment. Israel volunteered to handle the ship itself, she added.

The transfer of arms would amount to a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, Psaki noted.

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US says 'still appropriate' to pursue nuclear deal despite Iran arms shipment

It is entirely appropriate to continue to pursue the possibility of reaching a resolution on the nuclear program, White House Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Wednesday, despite confirmation that Israel had intercepted a ship containing weapons heading from Tehran to Gaza.

Carney said that talks will go on, but acknowledged that there were struggles within the US to accept Tehran's stance on many issues.

"We continue to have enormous issues with Iran, its sponsorship of terrorist organizations, its bad behavior in the region that manifests itself in many ways. And we continue to take all the necessary steps to address those challenges," he said.

"Even as we continue efforts to resolve our concerns over Iran’s nuclear program through diplomacy, we will continue to stand up to Iran’s support for destabilizing activities in the region, in coordination with our partners and allies, and made clear that these illicit actions are unacceptable to the international community and in gross violation of Iran’s UN Security Council obligations."

The spokesman also echoed the State Department's comments, confirming that after becoming aware of the suspected vessel, the White House directed the Department of Defense to monitor the vessel and was prepared to take necessary steps.

"This is part of the robust presence that the president has directed that we continue to maintain in and around the Gulf," he said.

"Throughout this time, our intelligence and military activities were closely coordinated with our Israeli counterparts who ultimately chose to take the lead in interdicting the shipment of illicit arms."

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed on Wednesday that "the Israeli government interdicted a shipment of illicit Iranian arms," adding that the US was ready to act before Israel made its move.

"The White House directed the Department of Defense to monitor the vessel," Psaki said, adding that the US prepared to take "unilateral steps" to stop the shipment. Israel volunteered to handle the ship itself, she added.

The transfer of arms would amount to a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, Psaki noted.


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; jihad; rop; warship

1 posted on 03/06/2014 3:54:33 PM PST by SJackson
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If we considered taking action, and didn't act, it's reasonable to assume we weren't going to take action, long range missles in Gaza not being an issue.

2 posted on 03/06/2014 3:55:43 PM PST by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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There is only ONE reason that the Ø regime considered “unilateral” action. And that would be to run-the-clock to the point at which the ship would reach a point where Israel would lose the opportunity for its “unilateral” action, at which point Ø’s “unilateral” action would go “poof”.

Kudos to Israel in calling this stalling tactic, now taking-credit tactic, of Ø.


3 posted on 03/06/2014 4:03:58 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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I think you’re right. There was a tone of embarrassment from the State Dept releases. If there was cooperation, why would State be talking about this at all. My suspicion is that Obama would be fine with a few long range missles in Gaza rather than irritating Iran. Worst thing that happens, a few dead Jews, not worth interrupting a conversation with a terror state.


4 posted on 03/06/2014 4:08:31 PM PST by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: SJackson

They’re lyin’. They remind me of the little kid who’s always raising his hand and yelling “Me, too! Me, too!”


5 posted on 03/06/2014 4:26:50 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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I bet hussein was just reaching for the phone to call Dempsey to tell him to take out that ship when a report came in that the Israelis stopped it. Hussein was not happy. Yep. I bet that’s how it happened.


6 posted on 03/06/2014 4:36:21 PM PST by fso301
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"The White House directed the Department of Defense to monitor the vessel," Psaki said, adding that the US prepared to take "unilateral steps" to stop the shipment. Israel volunteered to handle the ship itself, she added.

Apparently, the Obama administration is playing word games here. To "monitor" the Iranian vessel isn't the same as interdicting it. If the US was "prepared to take unilateral steps to stop the shipment," we didn't and let Israel do the necessary dirty work to protect its population from more missile attacks from Gaza.

Don't think that the White House was too thrilled about Israel doing what Israel had to do. It sure sounds that way, but then again, it's very consistent with the Obama administration's shameful abandoning of allies all around the world.

7 posted on 03/06/2014 5:45:53 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: SJackson

Liars.


8 posted on 03/06/2014 5:55:49 PM PST by onedoug
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..................”The White House directed the Department of Defense to monitor the vessel,” Psaki said, adding that the US prepared to take “unilateral steps” to stop the shipment. Israel volunteered to handle the ship itself, she added. ..................

That’s a whole bunch of words to say: “Zer0 back off, and get your face out of the camera. We got this one covered!

FUBO - strong cable to follow!”


9 posted on 03/06/2014 7:57:56 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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10 posted on 03/07/2014 3:55:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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