Rice, Israeli counterpart discuss Iran at White House

Susan Rice, the White House's National Security Advisor, hosted Yossi Cohen, Israel's National Security Advisor, last week for meetings to discuss negotiations with Iran, the White House said on Sunday.

Rice and Cohen were joined by Tony Blinken, the deputy national security advisor, senior officials from the Treasury Department and State Department and other Israeli officials for meetings to discuss the P5+1's attempts to pursue a lasting and comprehensive settlement with Iran. The agreement is meant to resolve the international community's concerns regarding Iran's nuclear program.

During the meetings, the U.S. team reaffirmed the goal of President Obama to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Earlier in December, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the negotiations. Kerry said a peaceful nuclear program should not be hard to prove and all parties involved will know whether or not a comprehensive agreement would provide a test adequate enough to prove the program's peaceful nature.

"We will continue to keep our friends in Israel and our friends in the region fully advised as we continue those negotiations," Kerry said. "And for the moment, we're in the process of simply putting in place the implementation language itself."