FW: In-town pool 2: Oval Office comments on Netanyahu speech

From: Paul Conner [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 2:11 PM
To: Allen, Jessica
Subject: In-town pool 2: Oval Office comments on Netanyahu speech

Pool entered the Oval Office around 1:42 p.m. for spray with POTUS, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey.

Obama said he did not watch the Netanyahu speech, that instead he was on a conference video call with European leaders. But:

"I did have a chance to take a look at the transcript, and as far as I can tell there was nothing new," he said.

"The prime minister appropriately pointed out that the bond between the United States of America is unbreakable, and on that point I thoroughly agree," Obama said.

POTUS said that he also agrees with Netanyahu that Iran is a dangerous regime has repeatedly threatened Israel, and that "no one can dispute" that Iran has used anti-Semitic language against Israelis.

"But on the core issue, which is how do we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, which would make it far more dangerous and would give it scope for even greater action in the region, the prime minister didn't offer any viable alternatives."

He affirmed that one of his primary foreign policy goals has been preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and called the sanctions program implemented with Congress' help "extraordinarily effective that pressures Iran to come to the table to negotiate in a serious fashion."

More to come. Please check quotes against transcript.


Paul Conner
Deputy Editor
The Daily Caller

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