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Obama: Diplomacy can stop Iran from getting bomb
WASHINGTON — President BarackObama declared Tuesday that diplomacy can still resolve the crisis over Iran’s possible pursuit of nuclear weapons, and he accused his Republican critics of “beating the drums of war.”
“Those folks don’t have a lot of responsibilities,” Obama said. “They are not commander in chief.”
On politics, Obama said that higher gasoline prices as a result of Mideast worries would be a bad idea for any president running for re-election, and he also said he was working to expand America’s energy base.
He called violence in Syria “heartbreaking” but showed no new willingness for military involvement in that Mideast country.
Rhetoric on the right is “more about politics than about trying to solve a difficult problem,” Obama said.
He said he is focused on “crippling sanctions” already imposed on Iran and on international pressure to keep that nation from developing a nuclear weapon.
Obama said his private meetings with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu this week carried the same message as his public pronouncements. And he implied that Israeli pressure for urgent action was not supported by the facts, saying that a decision was not necessary within the next weeks or months.
He added that Iranians need to show how serious they are about resolving the crisis. He said there are steps the Iranians can take “that are verifiable” and will allow it to be “in compliance with international norms and mandates.”
On gas prices, Obama dismissed as laughable the suggestion by some Republican critics that he actually wants increases.
He said no president facing re-election would want to see gas prices rise because of the hardship that would cause to American families, and that he’s asking his attorney general to examine whether speculation in the oil markets is driving up oil prices.
In the past month, gasoline prices have risen by more than 28 cents per gallon, making gasoline the most expensive ever for this time of year. On Tuesday, the nationwide average for regular unleaded slipped less than a penny to $3.764 per gallon, ending a string of price increases that began on Feb. 8.
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