Obama: No options off table on Iran

Press TV – December 17, 2011

US President Barack Obama has once again said that Washington would take “no options off the table” in its effort to stop Iran’s nuclear program while reiterating US commitment to Israel’s security. 

We’re going to keep up the pressure, and that’s why, rest assured, we will take no options off the table. We’re going to keep standing with our Israeli friends and allies.” Xinhua quoted Obama as saying on Friday.

The US president was speaking during the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism in Washington’s Maryland suburbs.

Obama, who is bidding for reelection in 2012, isn’t passing up many chances these days to proclaim that he’s a loyal friend of Israel in an attempt to obtain a Jewish voter base, which is small but holds a considerable sway in the United States.

“America’s commitment and my commitment to Israel and Israel’s security is unshakeable,” he said.

“No US administration has done more in support of Israel’s security than ours. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise,” Obama added.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program. Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike against its atomic facilities.

Under pressure from Washington and Tel Aviv, the UN Security Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions against Tehran. The United States and the European Union have also adopted unilateral measures against the Islamic Republic in an effort to deter Western investments in Iran’s energy sector.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never pointed to any evidence indicating that Tehran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

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