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Netanyahu says he won't allow Iran to have nuclear arms

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The Israeli leader, addressing reporters with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at his side, made no comment about Iran's accusation that Israel had sabotaged its key Natanz nuclear site.

"Iran has never given up its quest for nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them," Netanyahu said.

"I will never allow Iran to obtain the nuclear capability to carry out its genocidal goal of eliminating Israel."

Iran says its nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes.

Video Transcript

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Mr. Secretary, we both know the horrors of war. We both understand the importance of preventing war and we both agree that Iran must never possess nuclear weapons. My policy as prime minister of Israel is clear. I will never allow Iran to obtain the nuclear capability to carry out its genocidal goal of eliminating Israel.

LLOYD AUSTIN: Today, I was also grateful for the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss a number of security issues that are important to our two countries. And I wanted to reaffirm the-- the administration's strong commitment to Israel and to the Israeli people. And that's why I thought it was important that we meet face to face and to express our earnest desire for close consultations with Israel as we address shared challenges in the region. And I also wanted to underscore my personal pledge to strengthening Israel's security and ensuring Israel's qualitative military edge. OK.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: OK.