May 23, 2011
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama vowed Sunday to “keep up pressure” on Tehran to prevent the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons, as he condemned its support for extremists in the region.
Outlining US and UN sanctions imposed on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime, Obama said Iran is now “virtually cut off from large parts of the international financial system.”
“We’re going to keep up the pressure… So let me be absolutely clear — we remain committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” he added to roaring applause from the audience at the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC Policy Conference.
The United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany have engaged in on-again, off-again talks with Iran aimed at halting its uranium enrichment program, which Washington fears masks a drive to produce a nuclear weapon. Iran denies the charges and claims its program is peaceful.