Netanyahu urges US to keep Iran sanctions in place

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Sep. 30, 2013. Photo: AP
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned President Obama not to be fooled by overtures from Iran that have led the administration to pursue talks aimed at halting Iran\’s nuclear weapons ambitions.
Netanyahu made the comments after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in White House talks Monday. 
Addressing the media after meeting with Netanyahu at the Oval Office in Washington, DC, on Monday, Obama said the United States would be circumspect before entering negotiations with Iran.
"We have to test diplomacy, we have to see if in fact they are serious about their willingness to abide by international norms and international law," Obama said.
"We enter into these negotiations very clear eyed. They will not be easy."
Obama also made clear that he reserved the right to take military action against Iran.
Netanyahu\’s visit comes three days after Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani conducted the highest-level contact between the countries in more than three decades.
That telephone call fueled hopes for a resolution of Iran\’s decade-old nuclear standoff with the West.
Iran has long insisted its nuclear program is peaceful. The U.S. and many of its allies disagree and have helped impose several rounds of sanctions that have battered Iran\’s economy.
Netanyahu is deeply concerned about eased tensions between Iran and the international community, saying Tehran is using talks to try to lessen the crippling sanctions and to buy more time to build a nuclear weapon.
Source: Agencies

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