Obama Says Pressure Must Be Maintained on Iran

Ahead of the IAEA report next week, U.S. president says pressure must be put on Iran to meet its obligations.

U.S. President Barack Obama said he and French President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed during talks on Thursday on the need for pressure to be maintained on Iran over its nuclear program.

"We had the opportunity to talk about a range of security issues," Obama told reporters following talks with Sarkozy ahead of a G20 heads of state summit in the French resort of Cannes.

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"One in particular that I want to mention is the continuing threat posed by Iran's nuclear program. The IAEA is scheduled to release a report on Iran's nuclear program next week and President Sarkozy and I agree on the need to maintain the unprecedented pressure on Iran to meet its obligations."

In Israel, recent reports have indicated that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have been trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran. According to a Haaretz poll conducted Wednesday, Israelis are evenly split over attacking Iran.

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