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Netanyahu, Obama take separate tacks on Iran threat

US urging economic sanctions Israeli leader sees a military option

WASHINGTON — With Israel warning that it may mount a military strike against Iran, President Obama welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House on Monday, but signaled that he would press for more time for a campaign of economic sanctions to work on Tehran.

Appearing with Netanyahu in the Oval Office before their meeting, Obama declared that “the United States will always have Israel’s back.’’ He reiterated that the United States would prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but he added, “We do believe there is still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution to this issue.’’

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