U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon speak about the Iran nuclear deal and how to handle the security challenges in the region. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Israel faces threats from Islamic militants who are backed by Iran, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Wednesday (October 28) during a visit to the United States. Carter said the recent U.S.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran had eliminated some but not all of the risk presented by Iran. Carter and Yaalon were due to visit the Naval Air Station in Maryland for a demonstration of the F-35 joint strike fighter on Wednesday. The United States has said it will deliver the F-35 to Israel next year, making it the only country in the Middle East to have the top-flight aircraft. Close U.S.-Israeli ties have come under strain in recent months over a nuclear agreement negotiated between Iran and the United States and other world powers, which Israeli officials have denounced as empowering Iran and endangering Israel. Yaalon said the deal, which was agreed in July and imposes curbs on Iran's nuclear program in return for the removal of some economic sanctions, would only delay an Iranian nuclear threat against Israel. Iran denies ever pursuing a nuclear weapons program, and said that it wanted nuclear capability only for civilian purposes. Violence has flared in Israel, Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip in recent weeks, in part triggered by Palestinians' anger over what they see as Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound. Yaalon said claims that Israel had violated agreements related to the holy site were false.