Obama Iran Sanctions Are Working
President says diplomacy and sanctions must be given time.
President Obama spoke out on the Iranian nuclear threat during a White House news conference Tuesday, and told his Republican rivals to stop banging the war drums.
The president also discussed issues ranging from the crisis in Syria to the high cost of gasoline.
President Obama declared there's no urgent need for military action to disarm the Iranian nuclear threat.
"This notion that somehow we have a choice to make in the next week, or two weeks or month or two months - is not borne out by the facts," he said.
He insists sanctions are working and there's still time for diplomacy.
"That's the view of our top intelligence officials. That's the view of top Israeli intelligence officials," Mr. Obama explained.
The president condemned his Republican rivals who've been talking up the possibility of war.
"Those folks don't have a lot of responsibilities. They're not commander in chief," he said. "This is not a game. There's nothing casual about it."
The president resisted calls for military action to end the bloodshed in Syria as well, and said the timeline for pulling out of Afghanistan remains unchanged despite recent flare-ups of violence.
On the home front he called for immigration reform, while defending his enforcement record.
"This administration has done more for border security than just about anybody," he declared.
The president also laughed off Republican claims that he was happy with high gas prices.
"Do you think the president of the United States, going into re-election wants gas prices to go up higher?" he asked.
The president also announced new plans to help struggling homeowners, including returning war veterans.