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Netanyahu heads to US to tell Obama ‘truth’ about Iran

Published time: September 29, 2013 03:11
Edited time: September 30, 2013 10:21
U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.(Reuters / Jason Reed)

U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.(Reuters / Jason Reed)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Barack Obama to discuss the “smokescreen” the Iranian president used to fool Western powers. The White House meeting will take place before Netanyahu addresses the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

"I intend to tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and charm offensive of Iran," Netanyahu said before boarding the plane to New York.

"Telling the truth at this time is essential for world peace and security and, of course, for Israel's security," AFP cites him as saying.

After Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the United Nations General Assembly last week, Netanyahu called the speech "cynical" and "full of hypocrisy," saying it was aimed at fooling the Western powers while Iran continues advancing towards a nuclear weapons capability.

Following the historic conversation between the leaders of Iran and US on Friday - the first such talk in more than three decades - Netanyahu instructed his ministers and senior officials to keep silent and not comment on the development.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 24, 2013. (Reuters / Ray Stubblebine)

Following the phone call, Iranian hard-liners hurled shoes and eggs at Rouhani’s car chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” as he arrived in Tehran.

Netanyahu will speak with Obama on Monday during a two-hour long meeting in Washington, where the two leaders are also expected to discuss Syria and Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

On Tuesday, the Israeli PM will be the last speaker to address the 68th UN General Assembly in New York.


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