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Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, top US diplomat says
Tehran ´still has chance to make the right decision,´ but adds US
will ´use all elements of its power´ to prevent Iran from obtaining
The US will "use all elements of American power" to prevent Iran from
obtaining a nuclear weapon, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
told reporters in Jerusalem Monday night.
The veiled threat was delivered at the end of a day of meetings with
Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
The comments come at a time when the US and Israel debate how best to
deal with Iran´s nuclear program. The US is seeking more time for
negotiations and sanctions, while Israel has repeatedly hinted at
Both suspect Iran may be aiming toward producing nuclear weapons.
Iran denies that.
After her declaration about possible use of US power, Clinton said
everyone prefers a diplomatic resolution, and "Iran´s leaders still
have the opportunity to make the right decision. The choice is
Addressing the calls to release convicted spy for Israel Jonathan
Pollard, Clinton said she does not
have "any expectation" that he will be freed.
Pollard was sentenced to life in prison by a US court some 26 years
As for Sunday´s incident in which Egyptian protesters in Alexandria
threw tomatoes and shoes at her motorcade, Clinton jokingly said she
was not offended but felt bad that so many tomatoes were being wasted.
Earlier, officials in Jerusalem said Clinton is pressuring the
Israeli government to offer a new package of incentives to entice
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating
According to US officials, recent polls taken in the West Bank
indicate that support for Hamas is growing for the fist time in many
Clinton met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense
Minister Ehud Barak in the Israeli capital Monday evening. During the
meeting, the Israeli premier asked the top US diplomat to share some
impressions from her recent visit to Egypt.
Netanyahu stressed the importance of preserving the Israel-Egypt
peace treaty, but officials said Clinton gave them the impression
that newly-elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is currently
focusing on domestic issues.
Netanyahu and Clinton also discussed the Iranian nuclear threat. "We
have our common efforts to make sure that Iran does not acquire a
nuclear weapon," the PM said prior to the meeting.
Clinton added that "we will continue to consult closely as we have on
an almost daily basis between our two governments to chart the best
way forward for peace and stability for Israel, the United States and
Also on Monday, Clinton met President Shimon Peres for about an hour
as part of what is perhaps her final visit to Israel as secretary of
state, bringing a message of solidarity to the Jewish state after
three and a half years of only stunted progress toward a Palestinian
After their visit, they each issued a statement to reporters without
taking questions. Peres spoke about the importance of maintaining
Israel´s three-decade peace with Egypt, and decried the violence in
He also voiced support for the Obama administration´s pressure on
Iran to halt its nuclear activities _ which has sometimes been a
point of contention between the US and Israel.
Before meeting Netanyahu and Barak, the US secretary of state met
with PalestinianPrime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah. AP
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