Netanyahu: Israel reserves the right to defend itself

March 2, 2012 19:52

OTTAWA - In his first public comments on a North American visit that will include talks with US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday Israel reserved the right to defend itself against Iran.

Netanyahu will meet with Obama on Monday to address growing differences over what Washington fears could be an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites.

Netanyahu said the international community should not allow what he called "Iran's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons" to succeed.

"As for Israel, like any sovereign country, we reserve the right to defend ourselves against a country that calls and works for our destruction," he told reporters in Ottawa at the start of a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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