美防长称对伊朗核问题挑战“保持清醒”

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2013-10-11 10:11

Pentagon chief reassures Israel over Iran nuke issue

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has reassured his visiting Israeli counterpart that the United States will remain "clear-eyed" over the development of the Iran nuclear issue, said the Pentagon officials Wednesday.

Defense Department officials said Hagel and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon met at the Pentagon Tuesday, sharing their views on the latest development regarding the Iran nuclear issue and the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, the American Forces Press Service, the U.S. Defense Department's news service, reported.

Hagel told Yaalon that while U.S. officials intend to test the prospect for a diplomatic solution with Iran, they "remain clear- eyed about the challenges ahead and will not waver from a firm policy of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons."

This was the third face-to-face meeting between the two defense officials in the past six months. The meeting came amid Israel's rising concerns over Washington's recent diplomatic engagement with Tehran on its disputed nuclear program.

The newly-elected Iranian government and the Obama administration have sent out each other olive branches last month before and through the UN General Assembly session. The presidents of the U.S. and Iran directed their diplomatic teams to engage with each other over the stalled negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.

In his visit to the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. President Barack Obama to keep economic sanctions on Iran in place during their meeting at the White House last week.

相关新闻:据美军新闻处9日消息,美国国防部长哈格尔在与以色列国防部长亚阿隆会晤时说,美方会对解决伊朗核问题所面临的挑战“保持清醒“。

美国国防部官员说,哈格尔8日与到访的亚阿隆举行会晤,两人探讨了美以双方共同面对的一系列地区安全挑战。这是美以两国防长过去6个月来第三次举行会晤。

哈格尔在会晤中表示,美国政府目前想要尝试能否通过外交途径解决伊朗核问题,但与此同时美方会继续对种种挑战保持清醒,也不会放弃要阻止伊朗获取核武器的坚定政策。

哈格尔还对禁止化学武器组织已开始在叙利亚展开销毁化学武器的工作表示欢迎。他说,尽管还有大量工作要做,这已是向着解决化武危机的正确方向迈出了第一步。

围绕伊朗核问题近日出现一系列积极信号,引起国际社会关注。伊朗总统鲁哈尼在联合国大会期间表示,愿与西方社会“建设性接触“,缓和与美国的紧张关系。美伊两国总统已指派外交团队就解决伊朗核问题进行接触,两人还在联大结束后进行了历史性通话。不过,以色列方面对美伊关系近期进展尤为担忧,并指责伊朗示好之举“虚伪“。以色列总理内塔尼亚胡9月30日在白宫与美国总统奥巴马会晤,要求美方不要放松对伊朗的经济制裁,要确保伊朗不能拥有核武器。