Ya'alon, Hagel consult by telephone over Iran, Syria

December 17, 2013 03:28


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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke on the telephone late Monday to discuss security issues and military cooperation between Jerusalem and Washington, according to Israel Radio.

A Pentagon spokesperson said that Hagel updated Ya'alon on the defense secretary's recent trip to the Persian Gulf, where he sought to reassure US allies regarding Washington's determination to prevent Iran from gaining the capacity to build an atomic bomb.

According to Israel Radio, the Pentagon reiterated America's commitment to deny Iran nuclear weapons. Ya'alon and Hagel also discussed the ongoing efforts to decommission Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons.

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