'Iran will become nuclear if Obama wins election'

Romney attacks Obama following the US president's speech to AIPAC, AFP reports.

March 5, 2012 05:20
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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney waves 390. (photo credit: REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

Iran will obtain nuclear weapons if US President Barack Obama is re-elected for a second term, Republican candidate Mitt Romney said Sunday, AFP reported.

"It's pretty straightforward in my view. If Barack Obama is re-elected, Iran will have a nuclear weapon and the world will change if that's the case," Romney said during a campaign stop in  in Snellville, Georgia according to the report.

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His comments came hours after Obama addressed the AIPAC conference, where he stressed that he opposed containment on Iran and could use military force if necessary to stop it from acquiring nuclear weapons, but said there was still time for diplomacy to work.

One day before he hosts Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office, Obama hit on many Iran policy points Israel is looking for from the United States. But his words to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference also underscored the differences in the country’s perspectives, including on the prospects for diplomacy, as he warned against voices who are talking up the threat of war.

Obama also strongly defended his record on Israel and sought to stave off Republican attacks during the presidential campaign. Romney and fellow Republican candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will be addressing the AIPAC Policy Conference on Tuesday.

In apparent reference to the US president's speech,  AFP quoted Romney as saying to some 2,000 supporters, that Obama had failed to communicate that military options were on the table. The presidential hopeful also reportedly asserted, that if he becomes president, he "will have those military options...will take those crippling sanctions and put them in place."

Hilary Leila Krieger contributed to this report

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