Obama: Russia, China United With US on Iran Nuclear Issue
November 14, 2011
Dan Robinson | Honolulu
U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking in Hawaii at the conclusion of the Asia-Pacific leaders summit, says the United States, China and Russia are united on the need to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
President Obama says his talks with the Chinese and Russian presidents in Hawaii produced agreement on one major objective.
"All three of us entirely agree on the objective, which is making sure that Iran does not weaponize nuclear power and that we don't trigger a nuclear arms race in region," he said.
Obama said the recent International Atomic Energy Agency report confirmed that while Iran does not possess a nuclear weapon, it has engaged in practices contrary to its international obligations.
He says the U.S., China and Russia will consult closely on available options to pressure Iran, to see if the issue can be solved diplomatically.
Obama repeated that the U.S. takes no options off the table regarding Iran and believes Iran's government knows how determined the world is to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and an arms race in the region.
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