Israel Pushed Iran to the Table, Says Hagel

Hagel, now in his ninth month leading the Pentagon, argued that Netanyahu’s threats of military action against Iran’s nuclear sites, combined with the pressure of sanctions, may have actually encouraged its leader to take negotiations seriously.

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry, the Obama administration's most fervent supporter of nuclear negotiations with Iran, said in a speech that the U.S. would "not succumb to those fear tactics and forces that suggest" it is wrong to even test Iran's willingness to make nuclear concessions.

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