In Case You Missed It: “Iran’s Leaders Should Understand That I Do Not Have A Policy Of Containment; I Have A Policy To Prevent Iran From Obtaining A Nuclear Weapon”

In Case You Missed It: "Iran's Leaders Should Understand that I do not have a Policy of Containment; I have a Policy to Prevent Iran from Obtaining a Nuclear Weapon"

 

Remarks by President Barack Obama

AIPAC Policy Conference

March 4, 2012

 

"... Because of our efforts, Iran is under greater pressure than ever before. ... Few thought that sanctions could have an immediate bite on the Iranian regime. They have, slowing the Iranian nuclear program and virtually grinding the Iranian economy to a halt in 2011. Many questioned whether we could hold our coalition together as we moved against Iran's Central Bank and oil exports. But our friends in Europe and Asia and elsewhere are joining us. And in 2012, the Iranian government faces the prospect of even more crippling sanctions. ...

 

"Sanctions are continuing to increase, and this July -- thanks to our diplomatic coordination -- a European ban on Iranian oil imports will take hold. Faced with these increasingly dire consequences, Iran's leaders still have the opportunity to make the right decision. They can choose a path that brings them back into the community of nations, or they can continue down a dead end. ...

 

"I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say. That includes all elements of American power: A political effort aimed at isolating Iran; a diplomatic effort to sustain our coalition and ensure that the Iranian program is monitored; an economic effort that imposes crippling sanctions; and, yes, a military effort to be prepared for any contingency.

 

"Iran's leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I have made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests. ..."

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