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Iran Islamic Republic of,United States : DEFENSE SECRETARY - IRAN deal not to weaken GULF security.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has assured U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf that talks to curb Iran's nuclear program will not weaken their security.

Speaking at the launch of a conference with his counterparts in the Middle East, the defense secretary said the U.S. government is hopeful of progress this week in the Iran deal-drafting talks in Vienna.

Addressing the Gulf Cooperation Council, he said : "As negotiations progress, I want to assure you of two things. First, these negotiations will under no circumstances trade away regional security for concessions on Iran's nuclear program."

He added : "Second, while our strong preference is for a diplomatic solution, the United States will remain postured and prepared to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon - and that Iran abides by the terms of any potential agreement."

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Date:May 15, 2014
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