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        2/2/2014, Adar 2, 5774

      Ya'alon: Don't Trust Iran on Nuclear Issue

      Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said, Sunday, that Iran must not be trusted regarding its nuclear development program, describing the Islamic Republic as a regime that fuels unrest and terror across the Middle East. In Munich for an international security conference, he said, "They came to the table as a result of the economic situation ... it's very important for them to improve their economy. But they will exploit this time available in the coming years to make progress... on the military-nuclear question." United States Senator John McCain advised a "don't trust, but verify" approach, pointing to Iran's "long record, well documented, of deception (on) their efforts to develop nuclear weapons".

      Addressing a panel at the conference, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pledged good faith in talks to dispel Western fears over the nuclear program, after a rare meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Zarif said the Tehran government will enter the next round of talks later this month "with political will and good faith to reach an agreement," adding that it would be "foolish of us (and) ... a disaster for everyone" if the process did not lead to definitive results. He also said, "it would be a major mistake for our friends to believe that we are here because sanctions have been effective."