During his address to pro-Israel lobby AIPAC on Sunday, President Obama told the audience that in regards to Iran, he did “not have a policy of containment.” He had “a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
“As I have made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests,” Obama exclaimed.
The president lamented that “already there is too much loose talk of war,” which he said was only serving to drive up the cost of oil, which was funding Iran’s nuclear program. “I would ask that we all remember the weightiness of these issues; the stakes involved for Israel, for America, and for the world.”
“We all prefer to resolve this issue diplomatically, having said that, Iran’s leaders should have no doubt about the resolve of the United States, just as they should not doubt Israel’s sovereign right to make its own decisions about what is required to meet its security needs,” Obama added. “I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say.”
Watch Obama’s comments on Iran below:
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