Obama: Won't Hesitate to Attack Iran

WASHINGTON ( TheStreet) -- President Obama Sunday said he wouldn't hesitate to attack Iran in order to prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon, according to published media reports.

But Obama also asked for time for diplomacy to work, saying "loose talk of war" was undermining international security, the Associated Press reported.

The message appeared aimed at reassuring Israel so that it does not launch a unilateral attack on Iran, the AP reported.

The president was speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee one day before a scheduled meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests," Obama was quoted saying.

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But the president also suggested that military force should be a last resort and that sanctions should be allowed to work against Tehran, the AP

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President Barack Obama addresses thousands at the opening session of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference Sunday, March 4, 2012, in Washington.

"Now is not the time for bluster," Obama was quoted saying. "Now is the time to let our increased pressure sink in."

Iran contends that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but Tehran has accelerated production of the high-quality enriched uranium that can be used in nuclear weapons, the AP noted.
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