Iran is more than a year away from developing a nuclear weapon, but if the situation with the country cannot be resolved diplomatically President Obama insists “all options are on the table.”
“I have been crystal clear about my position on Iran possessing a nuclear weapon. That is a red line for us,” Mr. Obama said on Israeli Channel 2 TV. “It’s something that would not only be dangerous for Israel, but would be dangerous for the world.”
Mr. Obama is traveling to Israel next week for the first time as president, and said in the interview that he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a “terrific businesslike relationship,” playing down reports of his criticizing Mr. Netanyahu privately.
“He is very blunt with me about his views on issues and I’m very blunt with him about my views on issues,” he said.
Mr. Obama said the U.S. believes it would take Iran more than a year or so to actually develop a nuclear weapon.
“And what we’re going to be doing is continue to engage internationally with Iran, understanding that we’ve set up the toughest sanctions ever. It’s having a significant effect,” he said. “If we can resolve it diplomatically, that’s a more lasting solution. But if not, I continue to keep all options on the table.”