Q Sort of. One on that same topic, and then Israel is saying that they intercepted a shipment of arms that was headed to Gaza coming from Iran. Does the White House have any comment on that? And does this complicate negotiations with Iran over a long-term nuclear agreement?
MR. CARNEY: I can confirm the reports that the Israeli government interdicted a suspected shipment of illicit Iranian arms. The United States and Israel have had routine communications about this issue through intelligence and military channels, as well as through our national security advisors. Soon after becoming aware of the imminent movement of [the] suspected vessel, the White House directed the Department of Defense to monitor the vessel and to develop concepts of operation for a range of options to be prepared to take unilateral steps if necessary. This is part of the robust presence that the President has directed that we continue to maintain in and around the Gulf.
Throughout this time, our intelligence and military activities were closely coordinated with our Israeli counterparts who ultimately chose to take the lead in interdicting the shipment of illicit arms. Even as we continue efforts to resolve our concerns over Iran’s nuclear program through diplomacy, we will continue to stand up to Iran’s support for destabilizing activities in the region, in coordination with our partners and allies, and made clear that these illicit actions are unacceptable to the international community and in gross violation of Iran’s U.N. Security Council obligations.
Q How can you continue to have nuclear negotiations with them when it looks like they’re actively continuing to sponsor terrorism against Israel?
MR. CARNEY: Josh, we’ve noted on multiple occasions that we are pursuing potential resolution of an enormous challenge, which is the challenge posed by Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, and we are doing that through the P5-plus-1 process.
We continue to have enormous issues with Iran, its sponsorship of terrorist organizations, its bad behavior in the region that manifests itself in many ways. And we continue to take all the necessary steps to address those challenges. But it’s entirely appropriate to continue to pursue the possibility of reaching a resolution on the nuclear program.