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Amb. Shapiro: 'No Surprises' in Obama-Bibi Meeting

Ambassador says the countries' goals on Iran are identical and details of "common mission" will be decided in meeting.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/30/2013, 8:56 AM

Amb. Dan Shapiro
Amb. Dan Shapiro
Israel news photo: Flash 90

US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, told Voice of Israel public radio Monday that the US and Israel share the same goals regarding Iran and that details of the two countries' "common mission" will be decided in the meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyhau Monday, "without any surprises."

"There is no reason to worry regarding our common approaches to the Iranian problem," he told Yaakov Achimeir. "We have the same main goals. And our leaders agree on these goals. And the main goal is preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

"Both leaders agree that it is preferable to try and solve this problem by diplomatic means," Shapiro added, "and what is needed now is not just nice words from the new government in Iran, but real steps, actions, that can be verified, which can lead to a meaningful agreement, in which we can be sure that Iran will not acquire nuclear weapons, under any circumstances."

The ambassador said that Jerusalem and Washington share the information they have about Iran's nuclear program and that their intelligence cooperation is "unprecedented." He declined to estimate when and if the US would ease sanctions on Iran and said that meetings between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif will show how far Iran is willing to advance.