Thursday, Aug 7, 2008
United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday refrained from saying the U.S. would prevent Israel from mounting a much-touted attack against Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear aspirations.
“We don’t say yes or no to Israeli military operations. Israel is a sovereign country,” Rice said in an interview with Yahoo! News.
The secretary of state emphasized the importance of using diplomacy to defuse the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, which Israel and the U.S. charge is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.
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“We are in very close contact with the Israelis and we talk about the diplomatic track that we’re on,” she told Yahoo! News.
Rice’s comments came a day after Iran failed to accept an incentives package meant to resolve the dispute.
In a possible reference to remarks by Israeli politicians about Jerusalem’s readiness to use military means in order to prevent Iran from going nuclear, the secretary of state added: “[Israelis] have said that diplomacy can work here, and I know they’re doing their part to talk to the countries with which they have good relations to explain why it’s important to have a touch edge to our diplomacy.”
This article was posted: Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 12:42 pm