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Netanyahu’s Threats Undermine Possible Nuclear Deal With Iran

Among President Obama’s many challenges in the Middle East, the Iranian nuclear file stands the greatest chance to achieve a swift resolution, according to Iran's former nuclear negotiator.
Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili leaves after his news conference at the Iranian Consulate in Istanbul May 16, 2013. Iran is prepared to pursue nuclear diplomacy with world powers before or after next month's presidential election in the Islamic Republic, its chief negotiator said on Thursday.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS) ENERGY) - RTXZOPV

In his latest statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a “wolf in wolf's clothing” and claimed new Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani is a “wolf in sheep's clothing. Smile and build a bomb.” He then proposed to the United States that "if sanctions don't work, they have to know that you'll be prepared to take military action — that's the only thing that will get their attention.”

In reaction to the Iranians electing a moderate president, Rouhani, almost all the 46 members of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, in a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, called on the White House to intensify pressure on Iran to dismantle its nuclear program. Moreover, a US official revealed that Washington has assured Tel Aviv that despite the victory of a moderate president in the Iranian election, the United States intends to increase sanctions and pressures on Iran.

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