JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel will not allow Iran to obtain atomic bombs but prefers a peaceful solution to the issue, Israel's prime minister said Thursday after intensive talks in Washington about Iran's nuclear program.
Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Israeli TV stations a day after returning from talks with President Barack Obama and other American officials. Both leaders said they would not permit Iran to obtain nuclear bombs.
While there is concern that Israel might launch a unilateral strike against Iran, Netanyahu said in Washington that no such decision has been made.
On Thursday he spelled out his policy on local TV stations, saying that this a matter of life or death for Israel.
"I hope that Iran chooses to part from its nuclear program peacefully," Netanyahu said in separate interviews, adding, "It is forbidden to let Iran arm itself with nuclear weapons, and I intend not to allow it."
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