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White House adviser consulted Israeli officials on Iran nuclear deal

Published on Dec 16, 2013 9:13 AM
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United States President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice (above) played host to a series of meetings with Israeli officials last week to try to gain their support for an interim deal with Iran aimed at containing Teheran's nuclear programme, said a White House statement on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United States President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice played host to a series of meetings with Israeli officials last week to try to gain their support for an interim deal with Iran aimed at containing Teheran's nuclear programme.

The meetings, announced in a White House statement on Sunday, arose from talks between Mr Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month as the United States tried to persuade a skeptical Israel to support the Iran deal.

Israel doubts whether Iran will actually give up a nuclear programme that the West believes is aimed at developing a nuclear weapon.

The interim deal, achieved in Geneva last month between Iran and major world powers, halts Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for modest sanctions relief. Over the next six months the parties are to attempt to negotiate a comprehensive solution to Iran's nuclear challenge.

 
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