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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement after a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and regional partners at King Abdulaziz International Airport's Royal Terminal in Jeddah, Sept. 11, 2014. Brendan Smialowski / Reuters

Defense News: Kerry Pledges Defense of Gulf States, Israel Against Iran

TELL AVIV, Israel — Whether through diplomacy — it's preferred route — or a potential military option, Washington is "intent on guaranteeing" that Iran won't get a nuclear weapon, said US Secretary of State John Kerry.

In an interview with Israel's Channel 10 broadcast Sunday evening, Kerry sought to assure Israel and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allies that Washington will "defend them" in the face of Iranian aggression.

He alluded to the recently upgraded Boeing-built GBU-57, a 30,000-pound bunker-buster known as Massive Ordnance Penetrator, as part of an American military option that has not been taken off the table as the United States and world powers seek to conclude a comprehensive deal with Tehran by the end of June.

The US "has designed and deployed a weapon that has the ability to deal with Iran's nuclear program," the top American diplomat said.

WNU Editor: I am sure that the U.S. will respect its security guarantees (written and unwritten) to defend Israel and the Gulf States against Iran ....but I find it strange that he has to go out of his way to publicly state the U.S. position.

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