Obama: Diplomacy, Not Military Intervention, Will Keep Iran Nuclear-Free

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

President Obama defended the Iranian nuclear deal during an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 television network, although Israeli politicians have repeatedly condemned the soon-to-be-concluded agreement.

Obama argued that military intervention would not stop Iran’s nuclear program.

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

The United States has been providing military aid to Israel for decades, but the allied countries have become divided over Iran’s nuclear program.

The U.S., along with several other nations, is working to reduce the amount of uranium Iran can produce in exchange for repealing long-standing economic sanctions against the country.

When asked if he was concerned about Israel launching an assault on Iran without consulting the U.S., Obama replied: "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 interview will air on Tuesday.

Sources: The Times of Israel, The Hill / Image credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr