Obama says past policy on Iran has failed

U.S. President Barack Obama has said that 30 years of sanctions and threats against the Islamic Republic of Iran has failed.

“We are going to reach out to them and try to shift off of a pattern over the last 30 years that hasn't produced results in the region,” Obama told the Newsweek.


However, the president said he was not sure whether his administration’s new approach toward Iran will work or not.


“Now, will it work? We don't know. And I assure you, I'm not naive about the difficulties of a process like this.


“If it doesn't work, the fact that we have tried will strengthen our position in mobilizing the international community, and Iran will have isolated itself, as opposed to a perception that it seeks to advance that somehow it's being victimized by a U.S. government that doesn't respect Iran's sovereignty.”


The U.S. president also said all options on Iran are on the table.


“I've been very clear that I don't take any options off the table with respect to Iran. I don't take options off the table when it comes to U.S. security, period.”


The main bone of contention between Iran and the U.S. is over Tehran's nuclear enrichment program.


As a country that has signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.


The International Atomic Energy Agency is monitoring all the processes of nuclear activities in Iran by installing cameras and making regular inspections.





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