Obama administration on Iran and Israli calls for “red lines” – limits which, if crossed, would lead to military action:
But the White House and State Department on Monday rejected the Israeli calls, saying such specificity would harm Washington’s efforts to use diplomacy to curtail Iran’s work, which they believe is intended to build nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.
These officials stressed that sanctions are starting to hurt Iran and that there was still time for negotiations to work. The White House also denied there was any discord between the U.S. and Israel on how they view the Iranian threat.
“The president has said, again and again, unequivocally, that we will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in Washington. “So we are absolutely firm about the president’s commitment here, but it is not useful to be parsing it, to be setting deadlines one way or the other, red lines.”
Obama has a very sophisticated dipomatic strategy he’s using with Iran. It consists of … uhm …
Last week, the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Tehran was moving closer to moving its nuclear production underground by doubling the number of centrifuges it has installed at its facility near the holy Iranian city of Qom.
Well, that’s just impossible, because Obama has stated – unequivocally – that he will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.
Both President Obama and Mr. Netanyahu will be in New York later this month to attend the annual gathering of the U.N. General Assembly.
Neither government has said whether the two leaders would meet there. But some senior U.S. officials haven’t ruled out that Mr. Obama might strike a tougher line on Iran during his address in New York.
“In terms of saying something firmer [on Iran], that may well happen,” said a senior U.S. official.
Oh, so perhaps he’s timing a foreign policy announcement on Israel for when it will serve him better politically? GENIUS.
Never let a crises go to waste.