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Political activist: US should press Israel on its nukes
Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:53AM
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An American political activist believes the US president or members of Congress should pressure Israel to abandon its nuclear weapons.

Paul Larudee, co-founder of Free Palestine Movement, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV after pro-Israeli lobby in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), denied that the group is supporting the US administration’s stance on an Iran sanctions bill in the Senate.

President Obama has repeatedly urged American congressmen not to vote on the sanctions bill as Tehran has been negotiating with world powers over a comprehensive nuclear agreement regarding its nuclear energy program.

The bill is authored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Mark Kirk.

“President Obama has said on numerous occasions that Israel is the closest ally of the United States, under the circumstances with AIPAC opposing him on the issue of reaching an accord with Iran I wonder if he still feels that way?”

He further took a swipe at American congressmen for failing to introduce a "nuclear weapons free act" against Israel.

“AIPAC is introducing in Congress the Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act. Who is going to introduce a nuclear weapons free Israel act? or a nuclear free Middle East act?”

“I think it would be good for Obama or members of Congress to introduce an act against Israel’s nuclear weapons.”

Iran insists that its nuclear program is peaceful and not aimed at military purposes.

Israel is widely believed to be the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East region.

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