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White House defends nuclear talks with Iran despite illicit arms shipment

The White House on Wednesday criticized Iran for an illicit shipment of weapons headed to Gaza, calling it “unacceptable,” but insisted it would press ahead with nuclear talks.

“These illicit actions are unacceptable to the international community,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

Carney, though, said the administration would continue negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program, but also standing up to Iran.

"We continue to have enormous issues with Iran, its sponsor of terrorist organizations, its bad behavior in the region that manifests itself in many ways. And we continue to take all the necessary steps to address those challenges,” Carney said. “But it’s entirely appropriate to continue to pursue the possibility of reaching a resolution on the nuclear program."


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