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Obama: Nuclear armed Iran is against Isreal and US

03-05-2012 07:55 BJT

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US President Barack Obama says that there is still time for diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear program. Adding that a nuclear armed Iran is counter to the interests of both Israel and the US, Obama warns the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions could trigger an arms race in the Middle East.

The widely anticipated speech came one day before he is to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

President Barack Obama addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy
Conference opening plenary session in Washington, Sunday, March 4, 2012.

In the speech, Obama also showed concern over the risks that Iranian nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of a terrorist organization.

While not ruling out the use of military force, Obama says that tough new Western economic sanctions imposed on Iran must be given time to work.

Obama said: "A nuclear armed Iran is completely counter to Israel’s security interests. But it is also counter to national security interest of the United States. Indeed, the entire world has an interest in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. A nuclear armed Iran would thoroughly undermine the non-proliferation regime that we’ve done so much to build. There are risks that an Iranian nuclear weapon could fall into the hands of a terrorist organization. It is almost certain that others in the region would feel compelled to get their own nuclear weapon triggering an arms race in one of the world’s most volatile regions."

this handout photo from the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli President Shimon
Peres (L) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama March 4, 2012 in Washington, DC.

In this handout photo from the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli President Shimon
Peres (L) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama March 4, 2012 in Washington, DC.

 

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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