April 2, 2010
WASHINGTON – All evidence indicates that Iran is attempting to acquire nuclear weapons, US President Barack Obama said Friday, adding that the US will be increasing the pressure on Tehran, with the international community’s support.
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“All the evidence indicates that the Iranians are trying to develop the capacity to develop nuclear weapons,” Obama told CBS. “They might decide that, once they have that capacity that they’d hold off right at the edge – in order not to incur – more sanctions.”
Obama added he intends to “ratchet up pressure” on Iran over its nuclear program and believes Tehran is becoming increasingly isolated.
He reiterated that if Iran obtained the ability to manufacture nuclear weapons, even if it did not actually make them, this would destabilize the Middle East and trigger a regional arms race.