Obama not keen on Iran strike; 'not ideal solution'

Washington acknowledges in US TV interview that Teheran with nuclear weapons is a "real problem," but US still "open to diplomatic solution."

September 20, 2010 21:08
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US President Barack Obama acknowledged that Teheran posessing a nuclear weapon would present a "real problem,"  in a Monday interview with American news station CNBC cited by Reuters. However, the Amerian president stated that he did not think military action by Israel or the United States was the "ideal way" the threat posed by the Islamic regime's nuclear proliferation effort.

"We continue to be open to diplomatic solutions to resolve this," Obama told CNBC.

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"We don't think that a war between Israel and Iran or military options would be the ideal way to solve this problem. But we are keeping all our options on the table," he said.

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According to poll results released last Thursday, a majority of Americans would oppose joining Israel in a war should it strike Iran.

The Chicago Council on Public Affairs poll reported 56 percent of respondents answering, “No, it shouldn’t” to the statement “If Israel were to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran were to retaliate against Israel, and the two were to go to war, the United States should or should not bring its military forces into the war on the side of Israel.”

Those responding, “Yes, it should” amounted to 38%.

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