- Obama says arms smuggling is extensive
- Says U.S. wants to help strengthen
- Lebanese president complains of Israeli
threats (Adds Hezbollah denial of the Israeli assertion, paragraph 3)
By Ross Colvin
WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S.
President Barack Obama pressed Lebanon on Monday to crack down on arms
smuggling into the country, saying the weapons posed a potential threat
to neighboring Israel.
The United States accused Iran last month
of illicit arms deliveries to Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah guerrilla group,
which fought a war with Israel in 2006.