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Netanyahu warns White House about Iran

Published: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wave Iranian flags upon his arrival from the U.S. near the Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran, on Saturday.

JERUSALEM (AP) – Mortified that the world may be warming up to Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking an unpopular message to the White House and the United Nations this week: Don’t be fooled by Tehran’s new leadership.

Netanyahu contends Iran is using conciliatory gestures as a smoke screen to conceal an unabated march toward a nuclear bomb.

He will deliver those strong words of caution – and fresh intelligence – in an attempt to persuade the U.S. to maintain tough economic sanctions and not allow the Islamic republic to develop a bomb or even move closer to becoming a nuclear threshold state.

With the White House cautiously optimistic about its dialogue with Iran, today’s meeting between Netanyahu and President Barack Obama could be tense.

“I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles,” Netanyahu said before boarding his flight to the U.S. on Sunday. “Telling the truth today is vital for the security and peace of the world and, of course, it is vital for the security of the state of Israel.”

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani delivered a speech at the United Nations in which he repeated Iran’s official position that it has no intention of building a nuclear weapon and declared his readiness for negotiations with the West.

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