U.S. to push for ‘significant regime of sanctions’ against Iran, Obama says

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President Obama said Tuesday that he’s “bent over backwards” to engage Iran in “constructive” dialogue and the United States will push the United Nations to sanction the country, which has begun enriching uranium to levels capable of making an atomic bomb.

Obama told reporters during a rare press conference Tuesday that the U.S. is developing a “significant regime of sanctions” in response to the Islamic Republic’s move to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity level in defiance of world powers.

“That indicates to us that despite their posturing that their nuclear power is only for, for civilian use that they in fact continue to pursue a course that would lead to weaponization,” Obama said. “That is not acceptable to the international community.

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