Obama defends interim Iran deal, seeks to assure Israel




 
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December 8th, 2013  
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Topic: Obama defends interim Iran deal, seeks to assure Israel


By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact. U.S. relations with Israel have been strained by the interim agreement, reached between Iran and major world powers including the United States, which was designed to halt advances in Iran's nuclear program and buy time for negotiations on a final settlement.




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