Chuck Hagel promises Israel to be 'clear-eyed' on Iran
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday promised Israel to be "clear-eyed" and committed to ensuring that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons as Washington pursues engagement.
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, whose government has pressed for a hard line, visited Washington a week before Iran meets six nations to ease international concerns on its nuclear programme that have triggered a US-led campaign of sanctions.
"Secretary Hagel noted that while the United States intends to test the prospect for a diplomatic solution with Iran we remain clear-eyed about the challenges ahead," Pentagon spokesman George Little said.
The United States "will not waver from our firm policy to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons," he said.