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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the 68th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters. The U.S. and Iran secretly engaged in high-level, face-to-face talks, at least three times over the past year, in a high stakes diplomatic gamble by the administration that paved the way for the historic deal aimed at slowing Iran's nuclear program. After a Sept. 27, phone call between President Barack Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, the U.S. began informing allies about the talks. Obama handled the most sensitive conversation himself, briefing Netanyahu during his Sept. 30 visit to the White House. The next day, in this speech to the U.N., Netanyahu blasted Rouhani as a"wolf in sheep's clothing." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)