Pentagon chief stresses Israel’s right to hit Iran

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, stands next to Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon as he looks at pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during a visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem on Sunday, April 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner, pool)JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held out hope Sunday for a nonmilitary way to ending the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, but he also emphasized Washington's willingness to let Israel decide whether and when it might strike Tehran in self-defense.

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