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‘Israel does not dictate anything to US on Iran’

Israel has said that US pressure will not affect its moves to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat.



Jerusalem: Israel has said that US pressure
will not affect its moves to deal with the Iranian nuclear
threat, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman saying that
"we will act independently in our own interest".

Israel did not "dictate anything" to the US regarding the
threat posed by Iran`s atomic ambition, he said.

"US pressure would not affect Israeli thinking on how to
cope with the threat posed by Iran`s nuclear programme," the
ultra-nationalist foreign minister was quoted as saying by
Ha`aretz newspaper.

Asked about comments made last week by US President
Barack Obama, who said he was "not bluffing" about attacking
Iran if it were to build a nuclear weapon, the hawkish Israeli
Foreign Minister said his country did not "dictate anything"
to Washington.

"It is definitely important to discuss the issue in
the appropriate forums and make decisions quietly and
responsibly. All this chatter does not help anybody,"
Lieberman said.

In response to a query as to what Israel`s Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu should tell Obama when the two leaders meet in Washington to ensure that Israel is not left alone to deal
with the Iranian threat, Lieberman said the sides would
exchange opinions but ultimately Israel would "act in its own
interests".

Asked about comments made last week by US President
Barack Obama, who said he was "not bluffing" about attacking
Iran if it were to build a nuclear weapon, the hawkish Israeli
Foreign Minister said his country did not "dictate anything"
to Washington.

"It is definitely important to discuss the issue in
the appropriate forums and make decisions quietly and
responsibly. All this chatter does not help anybody,"
Lieberman said.

In response to a query as to what Israel`s Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu should tell Obama when the two leaders meet in Washington to ensure that Israel is not left alone to deal
with the Iranian threat, Lieberman said the sides would
exchange opinions but ultimately Israel would "act in its own
interests".

"President Obama definitely doesn`t need our advice," the
Israeli Foreign Minister said, adding, "We are an independent
sovereign state, and at the end of the day, the State of
Israel will make the most correct decisions as we understand
them."

Israel has so far maintained that a nuclear Iran is a
cause of concern for the whole international community, and
not just the Jewish state, and has launched a major diplomatic
offencive to foil the Islamic Republic`s ambitions through
tough sanctions.

PTI

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