(Israel National News) Defense Minister Ehud Barak – in Washington to meet with American officials ahead of the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 – said Iranian supreme leader Ayatolla Ali Khamenei could not be trusted to halt Tehran’s controversial nuclear program.

“I don’t buy it so easily,” Barak told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday when she asked about Khamenei’s recent fatwa [religious decree] that Iran would not acquire or develop nuclear weapons.

“It – it is the same Khamenei who said just a year ago he scorned Gadhafi for caving so easily to pressure, to give up his nuclear military program,” Barak said “…and he [Khamenei] points to where he [Gadhafi] is now.”

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