Iran Islamic Republic of,United States : DEFENSE SECRETARY - IRAN deal not to weaken GULF 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."
2014 Al Bawaba (Albawaba.com) Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. ( Syndigate.info ).
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|Date:||May 15, 2014|
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