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Obama: diplomatic efforts with Syria could offer lesson to Iran

Obama: diplomatic efforts with Syria could offer lesson to Iran
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President Obama has said in a television interview that US and Russian action over Syria could offer a lesson for Iran.

Washington and Moscow have agreed to use diplomacy rather that military strikes to get President Assad to dispose of chemical weapons.

However Obama warned Iran not to think the US wouldn’t attack if it felt it necessary:

“My suspicion is that the Iranians recognise that they shouldn’t draw a lesson that we haven’t struck, to think we won’t strike Iran, on the other hand what they should draw from this lesson is that there is the potential of resolving these issues diplomatically,” Obama said.

He went on to say that the threat of Iran building nuclear weapons was of more concern to the US than chemical weapons attacks in Syria:

“I think what the Iranians understand is that the nuclear issue is a far larger issue for us than the chemical weapons issue. The threat against Israel that a nuclear Iran poses is much closer to our core interests,” Obama added.

The US president also revealed that he had exchanged letters with new Iranian President Hassan Rohani
Rohani has so far not responded to the US President’s comments.

At a meeting in Kyrgyzstan two days ago with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Rohani said Iran supported the Russian initiative to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.

Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would judge any US diplomatic efforts with Iran on their results and that Israel would defend itself against threats.