Israel welcomes new talks with Iran

2012-03-07 16:02
Jerusalem - A top adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cautiously welcomed an upcoming round of talks between six world powers and Iran over its suspect nuclear programme.

Netanyahu's security adviser Yaakov Amidror said on Wednesday that Israel is "very happy" to hear of the negotiations. But he said "without a real military alternative", Iran is unlikely to give up its nuclear programme.

Israel believes Iran is trying to produce a nuclear weapon and has said military action should be considered to stop the Iranians.

President Barack Obama told the visiting Netanyahu this week that diplomacy must be given more time.

Iran says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

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