MIDEAST OFFICIALS: OBAMA IN SECRET TALKS WITH IRAN / Asking Tehran to guarantee it won´t hit U.S. if Israelis strike (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein JERUSALEM, Israel 03/30/12)
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JERUSALEM – President Obama has been engaged in secret, back-channel
talks with Iran in which he informed Tehran’s leaders he is
completely opposed to any Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear
facilities, according to informed Middle Eastern officials.
The officials told WND the behind-the-scenes talks aim to secure a
guarantee from Iran that it will not retaliate against the U.S. in
the event of any Israeli military strike, the officials said.
It was unclear what, if anything, Obama offered Iran in exchange for
a pledge against targeting U.S. installations, including in the Gulf.
The State Department did not immediately return a WND request seeking
comment on the alleged back-door talks.
In a wide-ranging interview March 9 with Al-Monitor, an Arab website
founded in the wake of the Middle East revolutions, former Republican
Sen. Chuck Hagel hinted that private approaches to Iran were already
Hagel is co-chairman of Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board. While he
was in the Senate he served on the Foreign Relations Committee.
Al-Monitor’s Washington correspondent, Barbara Slavin, interviewed
Hagel at Georgetown University, where he teaches a weekly class.
Slavin asked Hagel: “Do you know if there any private approaches
going on, or is it all through the five permanent members of the U.N.
Security Council plus Germany?
Read about more complications for Washington, as China, Iran
forming “strategic” ties.
Hagel replied, “I know more than I can tell you; there may be. I
hope. I don’t see any other way around this. Because you can’t deal
with something … as explosive as this is out in the public.”
According to the Middle East officials speaking to WND, political
officials at the Pentagon, coordinating with the White House, have
repeatedly asked Israel not to strike Iran.
According to the officials, who are familiar with the talks, the
Pentagon has made the following arguments to Israel about why a
strike at this time is unnecessary:
-An Israeli strike will not be able to totally destroy Iran’s nuclear
project, which is spread out to multiple sites, thus making a
successful attack more difficult.
-Iran can rebuild its nuclear infrastructure in a matter of a few
-Iran’s nuclear project is currently based on uranium and not the
more weaponizable plutonium, giving Israel more time to allow
sanctions to work.
-Intelligence agencies allegedly operating inside Iran working to
slow Iran’s nuclear progress have had enough success to buy more
time. (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 03/30/12)
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