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Obama: ‘Sanctions That Have Bite’


Reporter: Why even meet with the Iranians on October 1st?

Obama: First of all, with respect to the intelligence that we presented to the IAEA, this was the product of three intelligence agencies, not just one. . . . We didn’t want any ambiguity about what was going on. I think the response you saw today shows the degree to which this intelligence is solid. . . . In terms of meeting [with Iran], I have said repeatedly that we’d operate on two tracks: Our preferred method is diplomacy. . . . If that doesn’t work, other consequences may follow. . . . By keeping the path of diplomacy open, that would actually strengthen world unity and hold Iran accountable. . . . What we saw at the U.N., at the Security Council, was a strong affirmation of the principles of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. . . . When we find that diplomacy does not work, we will be in a much stronger position and apply sanctions that have bite. Now that’s not the preferred course of action. I’d much rather see Iran choose the responsible path.