(NEW YORK) — The Obama administration is still intent on resolving its issues with Iran’s rogue nuclear program in a diplomatic fashion even as a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated Thursday that Tehran has greatly increased its capacity of enriching uranium, a key step in developing atomic weapons.
According to the United Nations watchdog group, the number of centrifuges at Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility has doubled to 2,140.
Israel is especially anxious about Iran’s nuclear capabilities and has strongly suggested that it would act unilaterally to cripple the program with a preemptive military strike.
The White House, on the other hand, has been preaching patience even in the face of the threat Iran poses to Israel and the stability of the Middle East.
Responding to the news of the IAEA report on Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily briefing, “The window of opportunity to resolve this diplomatically remains open, but it will not remain open indefinitely.”
As for a possible Israeli attack, Carney said, “Our position has been that there is time and space, as I just reiterated, to resolve this diplomatically.”
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