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A critical showdown is looming over the skyline of New York City, as the chiefs of Israel and Iran both will be attending the same United Nations General Assembly later this month. Also on hand is expected to be U.S. President Barack Obama.
Obama, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu all are scheduled to attend the meetings that start Sept. 23. In addition, French President Francois Hollande and UK Prime Minister David Cameron also will attend the U.N. forum. And all the principals have been invited to a high-powered lunch hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The third US aircraft carrier, USS Stennis, is moving into place off the Iranian Gulf coast to lead a 12-day naval exercise of 25 nations on Sept 16-27, that will include a large-scale minesweeping drill simulating the breaching of the Strait of Hormuz against Iranian efforts to block oil passage through the strategic waterway.
President Barack Obama may see Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the last day of the exercise. He hopes to present him with proof of US readiness for military action against Iran and demonstrate that an Israeli strike is superfluous.