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Obama Will Push For A Diplomatic Solution On Iran

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Nov. 14, 2012.

“If Iran is serious about wanting to resolve this, they’ll be in a position to resolve it.”

In his first press conference since he was elected to a second term, President Barack Obama spoke about the concerns raised by Iran’s nuclear program and Iran’s failure to live up to its international obligations:

“I very much want to see a diplomatic resolution to the problem. I was very clear before the campaign, I was clear during the campaign and I’m now clear after the campaign – we’re not going to let Iran get a nuclear weapon.”

Acknowledging that “the toughest sanctions in history. . . [are] having an impact on Iran’s economy, Mr. Obama said there is still “a window of time” for a diplomatic solution:

”There should be a way in which they can enjoy peaceful nuclear power while still meeting their international obligations and providing clear assurances to the international community that they’re not pursuing a nuclear weapon.”

Mr. Obama said in the coming months he “will try to make a push to see if we can open up a dialogue between Iran and not just us, but the international community, to see if we can get this thing resolved:”

“I can’t promise that Iran will walk through the door that they need to walk through, but that would be very much the preferable option.”

“If Iran is serious about wanting to resolve this,” said President Obama, “they’ll be in a position to resolve it.”