Obama: Time for a Diplomatic Solution

February 13, 2013
            On February 12, President Obama said Iran’s leaders “must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution” to the nuclear issue, during his State of the Union address. He warned that the United States will do “what is necessary” to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Obama also discussed broader U.S. policy in the Middle East, pledging to “stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights, and support stable transitions to democracy.” He added that the United States will keep the pressure on the Syrian regime —a key Iranian ally—while supporting opposition leaders. The following are excerpts from his address, followed by a link to the full transcript.
 
Iran
 
            …The leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations. And we will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon.
 
Broader Middle East
 
            In defense of freedom, we’ll remain the anchor of strong alliances from the Americas to Africa; from Europe to Asia. In the Middle East, we will stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights, and support stable transitions to democracy.
 
            We know the process will be messy, and we cannot presume to dictate the course of change in countries like Egypt, but we can -- and will -- insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people. We’ll keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people, and support opposition leaders that respect the rights of every Syrian. And we will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace.
 
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