Obama, Netanyahu speak on Iran developments

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The White House says President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo) have talked about Iran amid tensions over the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran.

Iranian authorities blame Israel for the attack on the scientist, who was killed by a bomb attached to his car. The U.S. has denied any role.

A statement on Thursday’s phone call didn’t say whether they discussed the scientist’s death. It said Obama and Netanyahu “discussed recent Iran-related developments,” including efforts to hold Iran accountable for failures to meet international obligations.

The U.S. and its allies are pressuring Iran to halt uranium enrichment, but Iran appears to be expanding operations. The U.S. also is angered by an Iranian court’s death sentence of a U.S. citizen.