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Obama will seek Iran dialogue in international context

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama said he would seek a dialogue between the international community and Iran in the next few months to resolve the issue of its suspected weapons program.

"I very much want to see a diplomatic resolution to the problem," Obama said Wednesday at his first news conference since his reelection last week. "I was very clear before the campaign, I was clear during the campaign and now I’m clear after the campaign — we’re not going to let Iran get a nuclear weapon, but I believe there is still a window of time to resolve this diplomatically."

Obama denied reports he was seeking direct Iran-U.S. bilateral talks.  

"I will try to make a push in the coming months to see if we can open up a dialogue between not just us but the international community to see if we can’t get this thing resolved," he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in September that he believes the point of no return in the suspected weapons program could be achieved by spring.

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