Obama phones Netanyahu on Iran


President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing threat posed by Iran's nuclear program, amid accusations that the White House snubbed the prime minister, the White House announced Tuesday night.

A readout of the call provided by the White House said Obama and Netanyahu discussed the threat along with "our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues." 

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The call came on the heels of news reports that Obama refused to meet with Netanyahu when he visits the United States later this month.

But the White House in Tuesday night's readout denied the perceived slight.

 "Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting denied," according to the readout.

"President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed that they are united in their determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and agreed to continue their close consultations going forward," the readout said.

The White House said Obama and Netanyahu spoke for an hour.