U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center left, meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres, center right, and other officials at the presidential residence in Jerusalem on Friday, May 16, 2014.(AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged to Israeli leaders Friday that the U.S. "will do what we must" to prevent the Jewish state's greatest fear of a nuclear-armed Iran.Hagel made the public pledge in a statement at talks in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Hagel's trip coincided with international talks in Vienna with Iran aimed at drafting a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program, which is a top-priority issue for the Gulf Arab states as well as for Israel.In Saudi Arabia Hagel said that "under no circumstance" will the U.S. sacrifice its allies' interests in order to make a nuclear deal with Iran.
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