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U.S. defense secretary meets Netanyahu for talks on Iran
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA2(37).jpgTEHRAN - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met on Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem for talks on the Iranian nuclear program.
 
Hagel said the U.S. "will do what we must" to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapon, AP news agency reported.
 
Iran says its nuclear activities are only meant for peaceful purposes. To prove its claims Tehran has extended its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy agency.
 
In line with this policy Iran and the 5+1 group - the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain, and Germany – signed an interim nuclear accord last November according to which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear activities in return for a limited sanctions relief.
 
To build upon the interim deal Iran and the 5+1 group launched their latest round of talks in Vienna which was expected to end on Friday. The negotiations, which started on Wednesday, was aimed to discuss drafting the text of a final agreement. 
 
"I want to assure you of the United States' commitment to ensuring Iran does not get a nuclear weapon — and that America will do what we must to live up to that commitment," Hagel said.
 
Netanyahu claimed that Iran seeks to develop nuclear weapon which requires a very clear and firm policy on the part of world powers.
 
"Under no circumstance" will the U.S. sacrifice its allies' interests in order to make a nuclear deal with Iran, Hagel said.
 
NA/PA

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