February 9th, 2010
02:09 PM ET
5 years ago

Iran pursuit of nuclear arms 'unacceptable,' says Obama

 Iran 'continue(s) to pursue a course that would lead to (nuclear) weaponization and that is not acceptable,' President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
Iran 'continue(s) to pursue a course that would lead to (nuclear) weaponization and that is not acceptable,' President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - Iran "continue(s) to pursue a course that would lead to (nuclear) weaponization and that is not acceptable," President Barack Obama said Tuesday. "We have bent over backwards to say we are willing to have a constructive conversation" with Iran about its nuclear program, he said in a surprise appearance at the White House daily press briefing.

Now the United States and its allies are "developing a significant regime of sanctions that will indicate to them how alone they are," he said. Obama said negotiations on proposed sanctions for Iran "are moving along." But one of the difficulties of dealing with Iran, Obama added, is that "it's not always clear who is speaking on behalf of the government" in Tehran. The president indicated there are signs Iran is still pursuing nuclear weapons.

"The door's still open" to discussions with the Iranian government, he added. But "we are going to be looking at a variety of ways" in the weeks ahead to show the Iranian regime its current approach is unacceptable, he said.


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  1. FnordTaurus

    So lots of people want to complain about how Obama is dealing with Iran, but what would you suggest? Seems like you all want him to just go bomb them. Perhaps we should have PROOF of WMD's before we start another war in the middle east. We all know what happened last time we jumped to conclusions.
    If Obama came out saying that we're gonna go start a war you all would complain that he's being irresponsible for starting a 3rd war. No matter what he does all you tea bag types won't be happy.

    At least he is pursuing a peaceful resolution. Maybe we should rethink our unwaivering support of I$real since that is the major gripe that Arab counties have with our foreign policy.

    February 9, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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