U.S. President Barack Obama is set to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks on Iran's nuclear program, a day after saying he prefers to resolve the issue diplomatically instead of by force. The meeting Monday at the White House comes at a time of heightened global concern about Iran's nuclear program and possible preemptive action by Israel.
Mr. Obama told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington Sunday that now is the time to let "increased pressure sink in" and sustain the broad international coalition against Iran possessing nuclear weapons. In his speech to members of the influential AIPAC, Mr. Obama said there is already "too much loose talk of war" with Iran. But he also reaffirmed his commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, including using military action. Mr. Netanyahu said Sunday he appreciated Mr. Obama's remarks that "all options are on the table" and that Israel must be able to defend itself against any threat. The Israeli leader will address AIPAC later Monday.
Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, turned the diplomatic tables on Iran yesterday when she announced agreement among the world's major powers on fresh sanctions against Tehran
A Russian-made Iranian passenger plane carrying nearly 170 people crashed shortly after takeoff yesterday, smashing into a field northwest of the capital and shattering to pieces.