U.S. President Barack Obama says diplomacy, not military action, is the only way to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb.
Obama made his comments in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 television, parts of which were broadcast Monday.
“I can, I think, demonstrate, not based on any hope but on facts and evidence and analysis, that the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable tough agreement,” the president said.
“A military solution will not fix it. Even if the United States participates, it would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program but it will not eliminate it.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that any nuclear deal with Iran would be a bad deal and still leave Iran with the ability to build a bomb, putting Israel in grave danger.
Netanyahu’s non-stop denouncement of the nuclear talks – especially his appearance before the U.S. Congress in March – has angered the Obama administration.
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