Obama says US or Israel atatck on Iran 'not ideal way'

Obama said that Iran having a nuclear weapon would be a "real problem" but he did not think military action by Israel or the United States was the ideal way to solve the crisis.

Obama says US or Israel atatck on Iran 'not ideal way'

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran having a nuclear weapon would be a "real problem" but he did not think military action by Israel or the United States was the ideal way to solve the crisis.

"We continue to be open to diplomatic solutions to resolve this," Obama told a town-hall style meeting on CNBC.

"We don't think that a war between Israel and Iran or military options would be the ideal way to solve this problem. But we are keeping all our options on the table," he said.

U.S. military commanders have also warned that U.S. or Israeli military strikes against Iran could spark retaliatory action by Tehran.

"Door open"

Meanhwile, the White House said Obama will tell Iran the door is open to better relations with the international community, if it can demonstrate the peaceful intent of its nuclear program.

Obama will address the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday in New York.

The U.N. Security Council, along with the United States and the European Union, have imposed tougher sanctions on Iran.

With tough new U.N. sanctions in place, Obama will use his address to the United Nations General Assembly this week to stress to Iran the cost of its uranium enrichment program will escalate, if it fails to meet its international obligations.

"The door is open to them having a better relationship with the United States and with the international community," White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said.

"However, in order to walk through that door, Iran is going to have to demonstrate its commitment to show its peaceful intent around its nuclear program, and meet its obligations to the international community," he told reporters in a briefing.


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