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Kerry Warns Israel Against Bombing Iran

Monday, 01 March 2010 10:08 AM

JERUSALEM - The United Sates does not believe Israel will act on its own against Iran's nuclear program, Democratic U.S. Senator John Kerry told reporters in Jerusalem on Monday, adding that Washington and Israel were in agreement as to how to deal with the issue.

Alluding to the possibility that Israel would act militarily against Tehran, Senator Kerry, speaking at a press conference following separate meetings with Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said that he believed Netanyahu understood what the U.S. was trying to achieve with diplomacy.

"I think that the prime minister is fully aware through his conversations with the administration as well as through his own comments to not be rash or not jump the gun and to give the other opportunities a chance," Kerry said.

The U.S. senator, who is chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, also said that increased discussion between the two allies, expected to continues with a planned visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, was meant to ensure Israel and the U.S. were "all on the same page on what options might be on the table."

"I think we are on the same page," Kerry said, adding that he "found the prime minister very supportive of the initiative we are taking right now and hopeful that they can have an impact."

Kerry's comments came just as the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano said earlier Monday that he could not confirm that all of Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful, adding that Iran has not given the IAEA the level of cooperation necessary to make a determination on that issue.

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