White House aide: 'Loud' Iran rhetoric counter-productive

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
March 27, 2012 01:36

WASHINGTON – The White House upped the stakes Monday in the battle over the rhetoric surrounding a possible military strike on Iran’s nuclear program.

Tony Blinken, Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, declared that the “loud talk about Iran” was “incredibly counter-productive,” echoing comments made by US President Barack Obama on the same issue.

But he continued by saying that this talk not only drives up the price of oil, conferring more profits to Iran – a point Obama has made – but it also hurts the sanctions efforts and the view of the US-Israel relationship.

“It dilutes the impact of sanctions,” he charged, appearing at the J Street annual conference. “And it feeds false hope that it’s possible to drive a wedge between the United States and Israel.”

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