Obama: Israel has not made decision on Iran attack

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 05, 2012 5:08 PM
Obama: Israel has not made decision on Iran attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Sunday that Israel has not yet decided how to respond to concerns about Iran's nuclear program and said there was no evidence that Iran has the "intentions or capabilities" to wage attacks on U.S. soil.

Asked in an NBC interview whether Israel was set to attack Iran, Obama said: "I don't think that Israel has made a decision on what they need to do. I think they, like us, believe that Iran has to stand down on its nuclear weapons program," adding Israel and the United States would work "in lockstep" on Iran.

Obama also stressed his goal was to resolve the standoff diplomatically but said he was not taking any options off the table. "We're going to do everything we can to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and creating an arms race - a nuclear arms race - in a volatile region," he said.

(Reporting By Laura MacInnis and Aruna Viswanatha; Editing by Eric Beech)