Obama says some progress made in talks with Iran

img U.S. President Barack Obama affirmed that “real progress in several areas” has been made on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program and that “we have a credible way forward.” In a statement he delivered on Ukraine and the foreign policy, Obama said “as we approach a deadline of July 20th under the interim deal, there are still some significant gaps between the international community and Iran, and we have more work to do.” “So over the next few days, weآ’ll continue consulting with Congress and our team will continue discussions with Iran and our partners as we determine whether additional time is necessary to extend our negotiations,” he added.

On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Obama affirmed “we continue to support diplomatic efforts to end the violence between Israel and Hamas.” He reiterated that “Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket attacks that terrorize the Israeli people.” “There is no country on Earth that can be expected to live under a daily barrage of rockets,” he said, praising the Iron Dome system that Americans helped Israel develop for saving many Israeli lives.

He added that “over the past two weeks, weآ’ve all been heartbroken by the violence, especially the death and injury of so many innocent civilians in Gaza.” “That’s why we have been working with our partners in the region to pursue a cease-fire, to protect civilians on both sides,” he noted.

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