- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 28, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House adviser said Sunday the United States is making progress in its efforts to find allies to hold the line on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior political adviser, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that at the start of the Obama administration, Iran was united while the world was divided on how best to deal with Iran.

Mr. Axelrod said the situation now is reversed — the world is coming together while Iran itself is divided.

He said he’s pleased with the cooperation that the Russians have offered and believes Moscow will support fresh penalties against Tehran.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that punishing Iran even more because of its nuclear program is not the best option, but added that such a step can’t be excluded.

Top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said on ABC’s “This Week” that a “strong world coalition” is coming together that will cause Iran to back down.

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