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Obama says no military solution to Iran nuclear program

US President Barack Obama tells Channel 2 in an interview that he can “demonstrate” that a “verifiable” agreement with Iran will be the best way to contain Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

“I can, [I] think, demonstrate, not based on any hope but on facts and analysis, that the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable tough agreement. A military solution will not fix it, even if the United States participates. It would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program but it would not eliminate it,” he says.

Asked whether Israel may attempt a military strike without notifying the US, Obama says, “I won’t speculate on that. What I can say is, to the Israeli people: I understand your concerns and I understand your fears.”

The full interview with the US president will be aired on Tuesday.

US President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2015 (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)
US President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2015 (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)

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