Obama: Still a Big Gap in Nuclear Talks With Iran

'We may not be able to get there,' President tells 'Face the Nation.'

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Obama speaks before a national security briefing on militant threat in Syria and Iraq, August 28, 2014.
Obama speaks before a national security briefing on militant threat in Syria and Iraq, August 28, 2014.Credit: AP

U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday that there is still "a big gap" in nuclear negotiations with Iran. "We may not be able to get there," he said in an interview with "Face the Nation."

"Our number one priority with respect to Iran is making sure they don't get a nuclear weapon," he said.

Obama also touched on reports that the U.S. is linking an agreement with Iran with the fight against Islamic State. "I've been very clear publicly and privately we are not connecting in any way the nuclear negotiations from the issue of ISIL," the president said.

On Syria, Obama said: "Is it still our policy that we want President Assad of Syria to go? It is still our policy."

Western countries and close U.S. ally Israel suspect Iran has covertly sought to develop the means to build nuclear weapons, and a decade-long confrontation over the issue has raised the risk of a wider war in the volatile Middle East.

With two weeks to a deadline for a breakthrough deal, senior envoys of Iran, the United States and European Union met in Oman on Sunday to tackle stumbling blocks in efforts to defuse the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program.

Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not accept an international agreement that enabled Iran to remain a nuclear threshold state, calling that scenario a danger for the entire world.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN


Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott