| GEO World|
| Israel reserves right to defend itself against Iran: Netanyahu|
| Updated at: 0448 PST, Tuesday, May 19, 2009|
WASHINGTON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel reserves its right of self-defense against Iran, which the West suspects of harboring a nuclear military program.
"Israel reserves its right to defend itself," said Netanyahu, speaking to reporters after a White House meeting with US President Barack Obama.
While he said he welcomed US diplomatic efforts to rein in Tehran, Netanyahu said "what is important is the commitment to the result that Iran does not develop military nuclear capability."