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Ehud Olmert voiced optimism on stopping Iran’s nuclear program after talks with President Bush.

“Every day we take another step forward on the way to stopping Iran’s effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” Israeli media quoted the prime minister as saying in a briefing after his White House talks Wednesday.

“I now have fewer questions about the constraints, timetables and necessary resolve when it comes to Iran,” he said.

Olmert did not elaborate on what, if any, Israeli-U.S. plans had been hatched for curbing the Iranian nuclear program. But aides to the prime minister said he had cemented the sale by the United States of advanced F-35 warplanes to Israel, as well as bilateral cooperation on missile defense systems.

Those deals signaled Washington’s desire to ensure Israel’s security in the face of strategic threats, the aides said.

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