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Israeli minister optimistic Western pressure can deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, October 14, 2013 9:51 AM EDT
The Israeli minister responsible for monitoring Iran's nuclear program says stiff Western pressure can deter the Islamic Republic from pursuing atomic weapons.
Steinitz's comments Monday came a day before world powers were to renew talks with Iran aimed at ending a decade of deadlock. Steinitz offered a rare window of optimism from Israel, which considers a nuclear-armed Iran to be an existential threat. It has repeatedly threatened a military strike to stop Iran's progress.
Steinitz told reporters that Iran needs an agreement to save its faltering economy, and talks in Geneva offered perhaps the last opportunity for a diplomatic solution.