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White House threatens to veto Iran sanctions bill

December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the economic measures, the bill includes potentially contentious language requiring strong American action if Israel decides to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear program. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has regularly issued such threats.

“If the government of Israel is compelled to take military action in legitimate self-defense against Iran’s nuclear weapon program, the United States government should stand with Israel,” the bill states. It calls for “diplomatic, military and economic support” to Israel in such an eventuality.

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Associated Press writers Nedra Pickler and Deb Riechmann contributed to this report.

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