(JTA) The United
States will continue taking part in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear
program, despite the Israeli seizure of an Iranian ship carrying weapons to
the Gaza Strip.
White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged
Wednesday that Iran's state sponsorship of terror has continued during the
talks. He also said the United States "will continue to stand up to Iran's
support for destabilizing activities in the region, in coordination with our
partners and allies, and [make] clear that these illicit actions are
unacceptable to the international community and in gross violation of Iran's
[United Nations] Security Council obligations," according to the Times of
But Carney said that despite Iran's terror sponsorship, "it's
entirely appropriate to continue to pursue the possibility of reaching a
resolution on the nuclear program" in negotiations between Iran and Western
On March 5, the Israel Defense Forces intercepted an Iranian
ship it said was laden with weaponry and bound for terrorist organizations
in Gaza. Carney confirmed that U.S. intelligence had cooperated with the
IDF on the operation.
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