Obama: US will consult China, Russia on Iran

US president says Washington will "look at what other options" are available in talks with Russia, China about Tehran.

November 14, 2011 06:28
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US President Barack Obama.

Obama speaking 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing )


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HONOLULU - China and Russia share the United States' objective of ensuring Iran does not make weapons via its nuclear program and Washington will consult with them on how to achieve that, US President Barack Obama said on Sunday.

"We will be consulting with them carefully over the next several weeks to look at what other options we have available to us," Obama said at a press conference after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit where he met with the leaders of China and Russia.

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Obama said his strong preference was to resolve the Iran issue diplomatically but he was "not taking any options off the table."

On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said its business ties with Iran should not be targeted by any new sanctions, repeating that in any case sanctions were not the solution to the nuclear issue.

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